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Tunisia to host Africa Table Tennis Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The city of Tunis in Tunisia will host the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the Tokyo 2020.
Tunisia was chosen ahead of the Algeria during the 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) held in Rabat, Morocco on Saturday August 25, 2019.

13 delegates that formed a quorum at the AGM voted with Tunisia getting eight votes while Algeria got five votes to concede the hosting rights to Tunisia.

Egypt had already secured the sole slot for the team event for Africa as two of its players are expected to compete in the singles and doubles event of the Tokyo Olympic Games while the qualifying tournament in Tunisia will produce another four male and four female players to complete Africa’s slots for the Games in Japan.

Nigeria narrowly lost the slot to Egypt in the men and women’s event at the finals of the 12th African Games with Egypt winning the two events at 3-2 with Omar Assar and Dina Meshref spearheading the North African triumph.

ATTF 33rd Annual General Meeting delegates

Africa’s highest ranked player, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri will be joined by players from Tunisia, Congo Brazzaville and others at the Qualifying Tournament in Tunisia and each nation is expected to register two men and two women players for the qualifying tournament. Four men and four women will qualify to Tokyo from Tunisia.

According to the President of Tunisia Table Tennis Federation (TTTF), Lotfi Guerfel, the country has the necessary experience to stage a befitting tournament. “We have the required experience to stage a world class tournament and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament would not be an exception. We will be hosting the Africa Top 16 Cup as well and we are ready to welcome the whole continent,” the TTTF boss said.

Madagascar is expected to host the 2020 Africa Cadet and Junior Championships while Cameroon will stage the African Senior Championships.

12 Teams for African Club Table Tennis Championships As Egypt’s ENPPI, Ahly Top Seeding List

AS part of the table tennis fiestas igniting Lagos, 12 teams have already been confirmed for the African Club Championships which begin on Thursday August 1 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

Defending champion – Ahly Club of Egypt has been listed as the number one seed in the women’s event while ENPPI of Egypt will be heading the men’s event at the two-day championship.

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri partnered Egypt’s Omar Assar at ITTT World Tour

According to the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), host country – Nigeria will be represented by SOJ TT Club of Lagos and Remo Stars TT Club of Ogun in the men event while G20 of Abuja and Cannan Queen of Calabar will hoist Nigeria’s flag in the women event.

The Ahly team will be led by African women champion – Dina Meshref while the best two players in the continent – Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Egypt’s Omar Assar will dorn the colours of ENPPI of Egypt.
Congo DRC, Togo, Ethiopia, Benin Republic, Senegal, and Rwanda will also be represented in the continental club championship.

For the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, the tournament would help the players to tune up for the ITTF Africa Cup.

Nigeria’s Quadri and Egypt’s Meshref Emerge as Singles Champions at 2018 ITTF African Championships

For the ATTF boss, the tournament would also add glamour the table tennis fiesta holding in Lagos being the first time any African nation would stag three prestigious tournaments at a stretch.

“The tournament is a good test for the African players and a good preparation for the main event “ITTF Africa Cup, which is the qualifying event for ITTF World Cups. We have a good number of entries and I hope ITTF can consider staging a World Clubs Championships in which the Champion in Africa can compete with the champions of others continent,” the ATTF chief said.

Nigeria To Host ITTF African Cup, Club Championships

Following the successful staging of one of the elite tournaments in the world – the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) backed by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has awarded the hosting right to Nigeria for the 2019 ITTF African Cup and Club Championships in August 2019.

According to the President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, it was Nigeria’s pedigree in staging one of the continent’s most colourful tournaments that prompted the ATTF Executive Council (EC) to give the West African nation the nod to stage the tournaments.

ITTF Africa President, Khaled El-Salhy

“Nigeria applied for the hosting rights such a prestigious event on time and the EC found it is a very good chance to bring the event to Lagos just prior to the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open in order to give multiple benefits for the African players to play more than one tournament especially at same venue. Also it aims to encourage more African players to feature in the Nigeria Open this year.

He expressed optimism that more players would feature in the tournaments as most of them would be using as tune-up to the 2019 African Games in Morocco, which serves as Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.

For the President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon, Nigeria is known to have staged one of the most colourful table tennis tournaments in the world, adding that hosting the continental tournaments would not be an issue. “We are ready to host the tournaments as ITTF and ATTF have both agreed to do the necessary things to ensure we stage a befitting tournament. We have the experience and the human resources to put up a good show and we hope to again put Africa on the world map with hosting of the championships,” Tikon said.

On the ability of Nigeria to stage the tournament, the ATTF boss said: “Nigeria is one of the very experienced African Federations hosting Continental & World title events, and I see that success is increasing year by year for their ITTF World Title event, thus this year with additional African events, they will have more success.”

For this event, each national association is expected to register four players made up of two men and two female as the African Cup serves as qualifiers for the ITTF World Cups for men and women.

“Each Association will register two male and two female players including the title holders – Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt being the champions of previous edition in Agadir, Morocco in 2017,” El-Salhy added.

ITTF Premier Lotto Table Tennis Open,

The African Club Championships serves off on July 31 to August 2 while the African Cup holds on August 3 to 5 with an average 15 countries and 70 players expected to compete in the tournaments in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Oladapo Elected as ATTF Deputy President

Nigeria’s Olabanji Oladapo has been elevated as the Deputy President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) by the Council Board of the continental body.

Oladapo, who was until his election the Vice President, Administration will replace Congo Brazzaville’s Minister, Henri Djombo, who resigned his position as Deputy President.

In a statement signed by the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, Olabanji’s contribution to the sport coupled with his administrative acumen prompted the CB during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Federation during the 2018 ITTF African Championships at the weekend in Mauritius to elect him to the post.

The former Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) is also a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Board of Directors (ITTF BOD) and a member of the IOC Commission.

Also, Alfred Bagueka Assobo (CMR) was elected as the Executive Vice President, Administration, while Jean Marie Okouna (CGO) as the Regional Vice President of Central African region.

Due to the diversities of the continent coupled with the vast landmark, the CB of ATTF has expressed its willingness to empower its five regions.

Olabanji Oladapo

According to ATTF boss, the AGM commended the Mauritius Table Tennis Federation (MTTA) for the successful staging of the tournament while they also confirmed in principle the ITTF Strategic Plan.

“They have also approved to give the authority to the ATTF Strategic Plan Working Group to go on with ITTF towards the start of operation in Africa according to the real needs for our continent with full concentration to the following, which is to empower the five African regions for more developmental activities and administration; validate professional staff in ATTF and give higher attention to the players in terms of new training centres, higher prize money and organising super challenge events with other continents” El-Salhy said.

African Teams Battle For Table Tennis World Team Cup Slots In Mauritius

The already confirmed 22 teams including continent’s powerhouses – Nigeria and Egypt are expected to battle for the 2019 ITTF World Team Cup at the 2018 ITTF African Championships holding in Mauritius on September 3 to 9.

According to the President, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, the two teams (men and women) that will represent Africa at the World Team Cup holding in November 2019 will be known at the end of the team event in Mauritius.

“The Mauritius will also serve as the qualification for the next World Team Cup to be held in November 2019 in Tokyo as a test event for Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 in Japan,” he said.

Being a record entry for the tournament in recent times and the countries expected in the Ocean Island include – host, Mauritius, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Gabon, Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroun, Somalia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Madagascar, Togo, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Djibouti, Comoros, Libya, Eritrea and Congo DRC.

For the ATTF boss, this is a good development for the continent. “Yes I am so happy in following up the expected good number of entries in-spite of the received information from National Associations, hoping that all could do it and come with us to Mauritius soon,” the ATTF boss said.

Aside the tournament, Khaled El-Salhy said the Mauritius would afford the reconsider its new strategic plan for the next few years. “This time we have a special ITTF/ATTF Forum “Table Tennis For All. For Life” holding on 3 to 4 September in which we are planning to conduct our new continental Strategic Plan for the coming years of 2018 to 2024. ATTF is looking to conduct a special Strategic Plan satisfying the needs of all African Associations with a great concentration for the activities through Regions in the future in which more small nations could come with less cost. ”

2018 ITTF African Championships Mauritius

He is confident that Mauritius can stage a befitting event. “As per experience we have very successful events in Mauritius (i.e. African Seniors Championship in 1998 & 2004 plus African Juniors & Cadet Championship in 2015) with a very fantastic performance from Mauritius Table Tennis Association (MTTA), thus I am expecting to have a very special event as one of the top professional organisations in Africa.”

To update the knowledge of the players on the importance of the media, Khaled El-Salhy said there is a plan to stage a media workshop for players and teams during the Mauritius party, while the Executive Council cum Council Board meetings will also take place.

On plans for the future, he added: “Next year is an essential one as we will start our way for qualification to Tokyo 2020, with the first being the 2019 African Games in Morocco in which we will know the teams in Men and Women to represent Africa in the team events of Tokyo 2020. After that by the start of 2020, we will go on for the 2nd step of qualification to the remaining slots for singles and mixed doubles, and this step will be together with the 2020 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup within the first quarter of 2020.”

Omar Assar Calls For Unity In Africa

Despite putting Egypt on the world map with his recent world ranking as the first African to be rated in top 20 in the world, Omar Assar still believes there is need for the continent to work together to champion a common front at major competition.

Omar Assar who was the first African to qualify for the ITTF World Cup through world rating was bundled out by China’s Ma Long in the main draw of the 2017 World Cup in Belgium is indeed campaigning for unity of purpose among Africans.

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“I feel proud to reach the top 20 in the world and like I said earlier this year that that was my first goal. The World Cup in Liege was very special for me as I had to qualify as the first Africa to make through the world ranking this time. However I was injured two weeks before the competition but I could still improve my physical strength and was ready to make a good tournament in Belgium.

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri partnered Egypt’s Omar Assar at ITTT World Tour

“I was not surprised with my performance and honestly I am not satisfied with my performance in Liege. I had bigger dreams and expectations for myself and I am sure I am going to get a medal one day.”
“Aruna Quadri and I are very active in trying to do well in every competition to improve our world ranking and I believe we should have done a better job in Liege. Also, I have learned a lot from Liege and the most important part that I need to improve is the mental part and the level of focus stability during every match.

Omar Assar is not too happy with his display against Ma Long, but hoping to correct some of his mistakes. “I am not happy or satisfied about my game against Ma Long and I believe I could have played much better. Now I am analyzing the match to fix my problems. “

Omar Assar is the most successful player at the Nigeria Open

For Omar Assar, African players is closing the gap against some of the world’s best but there must be conscious efforts by those in charge of table tennis in Africa to close the players’ ranks. “The gap between us and the top 10 players is smaller right now but we need to work in the small details as well as work as a team in Africa because as I see now that everyone is working individually. I would like to urge the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) to help us to get better.”

2017 ITTF World Cup: Aruna Quadri needs quality coach to excel – Oladapo

Having watched Aruna Quadri played without a coach and was able to defeat Egypt’s Omar Assar with his coach beside him, Vice President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Olabanji Oladapo believes the ITTF Africa Cup champion needs a quality and world class coach to excel at this year’s ITTF World Cup.

Oladapo, who was in Agadir, Morocco when Quadri beat Assar 4-3 in the men’s singles final admitted that the country is yet to realise that players are not coming through due to lack of quality coaching.

Aruna Quadri and Dina Meshref

“It is a known fact that we lack quality coaching in Nigeria as we don’t have the coach that can handle the likes of Aruna Quadri. I watched the final between Quadri and Assar and it was technically balanced. I know that he needs a highly technically sound coach to excel at the World championships. Nigeria don’t have a coach of that calibre and we need to get one if we need more Quadri’s to come through our system as we have many Quadri’s rotting away in our system,” he said.

Olabanji Oladapo

Oladapo, who is a board member of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) added: “As it is Aruna Quadri needs a world class Coach to tutor him at the ITTF World Cup because his quality is beyond what any local coach can handle for now and this is why attention must be given seriously to coaching in Nigeria and that is really what is affecting our players. They (coaches) don’t have the wherewithal to impart knowledge on our players while there is need to engage a top class coach to cater for the national teams at all levels.”

Quadri and Egypt’s Dina Meshref will represent Africa at the ITTF World Cups in Belgium and Canada respectively later in the year.