05 Nov 2016

The 2016 ITTF-Africa Senior Championships came to a halt on October 30th; with the conclusion of the Men's and Women's Team events in Agadir came the list of African countries qualifying for the 2018 World Team Championships.

by Simon Daish

Halmstad, Sweden will host the 2018 World Team Championships and we now know a provisional list of African countries that will compete at the tournament, following the outcome in the Team categories at the 2016 African Championships.

Men’s Teams from Egypt and Nigeria had secured their passage to the 2018 World Championships prior to the African Championships, with both sides having picked up top 36 finishes at the 2016 World Team Championships which were hosted in Malaysia earlier this year.

Togo was another country from Africa to get the job done at the 2016 World Championships, with a second place finish in the fourth division of Kuala Lumpur event.

There were yet more 2018 World Championships places up for grabs at the 2016 African Championships: Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia all performed well in Agadir to qualify for the upcoming World Championships in Sweden.

The Women’s Team category will also see Egypt travel to Halmstad, a feat the team achieved by ending the 2016 World Championships positioned in and among the top 36 countries.

For the Women’s Team event Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Congo Brazzaville all achieved high enough finishes at the 2016 African Championships to seal their progress through to the 2018 World Championships; however, there is no place for Nigeria’s Women’s Team who failed to make an appearance in Agadir.

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