After an unsuccessful campaign by Africa’s flagbearers Egypt at the 2018 ITTF Team World Cup, the continent’s attention shifts to Kenya for this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup.
During the contest which will hosted at Moi Kasarani Sports center, the best 32 table tennis players across the continent are sheduled to fight the two slots available for the ITTF World Cup.
Sixteen women, including Egypt’s best and defending champion Dina Meshref, will be slugging it out while Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri will be battling 15 others in a bid to make another appearance at the prestigious World Cup scheduled to take place in France later this year.
Veterans like Nigeria’s duo of Olufunke Oshonaike and Segun Toriola as well as Egypt’s talented Ahmed Saleh will also rub shoulders with the young players at the three-day championship.
Africa’s highest ranked player Omar Assar, who had a not-too-impressive outing at the London tournament last week, will also be travelling from Germany to Kenya. Fifteen-year-old South African Musfiquh Kalam will also be debuting at the tournament after emerging the winner of the Southern Africa regional tournament held in Botswana in January.