When Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh won the second edition of the Africa Cup in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1997, Africa number one player, Aruna Quadri was 9 years of age.
Before Ahmed Saleh won his first Africa Cup at 17, Nigeria’s Sule Olaleye became the first to win the maiden edition of Africa Cup, which took place in Kinshasa.
It is worth a mention to note that since inception of the Africa Cup no other Africa country, apart from Egypt and Nigeria , has won the Men’s singles title – an indication how these two nations have conquered the sport in the continent .
Egypt has won on ten occasions while Nigeria has won seven times , out of the seven for Nigeria , Aruna Quadri has lifted the trophy four times , an African record .
At 2019 Africa Cup taking place in Lagos, Ahmed Saleh will be hoping to equal Aruna’s four titles.
The Egyptian won his second title in 2005 in Brazzaville and his third in 2011 in Rabat, a city in Morocco.
Just a year ago at the 2018 ITTF African Championship in Mauritius, Aruna Quadri defeated Ahmed Saleh (11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-1) to win his first ever African Championship.
Can Ahmed Saleh get a revenge in Lagos? , where Aruna won his second Africa Cup in 2014 or will it be Aruna Quadri’s fifth Africa Cup or will Ahmed Saleh equal the record?