The group stage draws of the 2019 ITTF World Cup taking place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium from 6-10 November has been confirmed .
Twelve national associations in the male and female category have been placed in four groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying to the knock-out stage .
But mixed reactions has greeted the draws as Africa’s representatives , Nigeria and Egypt are drawn in group A alongside the defending Champion China , who are number one seed in the male and female category .
Furthermore , in the Men’s category , Nigeria are drawn in group A with China and Chinese Taipei while in the Women’s category , Egypt is grouped in group A with China and Ukraine .
History suggests it will be a herculean tasks for Nigeria and Egypt to qualify from their respective group as the Chinese teams have won the last seven titles in the men’s category and eight in the women team .
Interestingly , the possibilities of the African teams to qualify to the knock out stage lies with other team in the group , apart from China , Nigeria men’s team will slug it out with Chinese Taipei for the second team to qualify .
At the other end of the group , the Egypt women’s team will be hoping to qualify alongside with the group’s favourite , China to be the second team to qualify if they defeat the Ukraine team.
Whatever the outcome , the event will be a motivation for the Africa’s representatives .