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2019 ITTF Nigeria Open: Round of 16 is my target - Kurt Lingeveldt

2019 ITTF Nigeria Open: Round of 16 is my target – Kurt Lingeveldt

No South African player has won the Nigeria Open or any major Africa major tournaments but if there should a first then it has to be Kurt Lingeveldt. The 27 year old has...

Before the kick off the 18th Edition of the ITTF Africa Cup, the names on the lips of everyone as expected was Aruna Quadri , Omar Assar , Funke Oshonaike , Dina Meshref and a whole lots of star players , even the billboards was not spare with the faces of these known stars . But what the fans didn’t envisage was that news stars will emerge, and interestingly they were debutants, who were previously unknown to the Lagos fans. The emergence of these stars points to a change of guard that will eclipse the face of Africa table tennis soon. Though both couldn’t get to final, a remarkable impression was made. Diaw Ibrahima (Senegal) His first match against Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu was a pointer to what to expect , The Senegalese defeated the no 6 seed (15-13, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5) in his second and third match , he accounted for for Guinea’s Maret Camara (11-5, 11-3, 11-5) and Benin’s Monday Olabiyi (11-6, 13-11, 11-2) to secure first place. In the quarter-finals, he narrowly lost to Aruna Quadri 4-3 (11-9 ,4-11,3-11,11-7,2-11,11-7,12-10) ,in a tensed game that capture the atmosphere of indoor Sports Hall , he was applauded after the defeats  even by the popular Aruna fan base . In the round of 16, the denmark based accounted for Congo’s Kassa Gedeon 4-0. In his interview with ITTF Africa, he spoke about the high level of the organization of the Africa Cup “I am really impressed with the quality of play coupled with the organisation; it shows that Africa has come of age. The conditions for play are very good just like Europe and I am really happy making my debut in the continental tournament. I think I have a chance to win this competition because I am playing well at present. Everybody is also playing well but I am here to make a name for myself and do my country proud. There is no doubt that the quality of players in the competition has again confirmed that Africa has talents.” Ibrahima Diaw Ibrahima is hoping to reciprocate his performance at the 2019 ITTF Challenge, Nigeria Open. Fadwa Garci (Tunisia) At 17 year-old , Fadwa is taking the continent by storm , just like Diaw , the potential queen of Africa table tennis defeated Edem Offiong , no 2 seed , (14-12, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9) , she also secured the top spot in her group after demolishing Senegal’s Thiane Seck (11-2, 11-1, 11-4) . Just like Dina Meshref , Fadwa was given a bye in the round of 16 , and accounted for Nigeria’s Ajoke Ojomu (4-2) , an emerging star . At the semifinal, she fell to more experienced Helmy Yoursa 4-3. Just like Safa Saidani, Fadwa is taking Tunisia to unprecedented height. The Lagos fans and table tennis enthusiasts now know what to expect when they see Ibrahima and Fadwa Garci play. Mudashiru Shittu

2019 ITTF Africa Cup: New stars emerge in Lagos

Before the kick off the 18th Edition of the ITTF Africa Cup, the names on the lips of everyone as expected was Aruna Quadri , Omar Assar , Funke Oshonaike , Dina Meshref...

I am not surprised by Fadwa Garci’s performance - Lotfi Guerfel

I am not surprised by Fadwa Garci’s performance – Lotfi Guerfel

At the 2017 ITTF-Africa Junior and Cadet Championship in Tunisia , Fadwa Garci announced her presence to the world of table tennis with an outstanding performance that...

2019 ITTF Africa Cup: Dina Meshref defeats her cousin to win her seventh title

2019 ITTF Africa Cup: Dina Meshref defeats cousin to win seventh title

As expected and with ease, Dina Meshref successfully defend her Africa Cup , a clear favourite , she lost only a set during the competition to Nigeria’s Edem Offiong...

2019 ITTF Africa Cup Quarter-final fixtures: A hard nut to crack

2019 ITTF Africa Cup Quarter-finals fixtures : A hard nut to crack

The Quarter-finals fixtures of the Men’s singles of the 2019 Africa Cup will be one of the toughest fixtures of the Africa Cup in recent history, with three Nigerians,...

The best place on the podium is my target – Ahmed Saleh

2019 ITTF Africa Cup : The best place on the podium is my target – Ahmed Saleh

22 years after , the second player and the first Egyptian to win the African Cup in the Men’s Singles  is hoping to win the 18th Edition of the annual events in...