26 Mar 2017

Third place in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event in Cairo in 2014, last year in Algiers, the same finish; now, once again Tosin Esther Oribamise bids for honours.

She is very much the name on whom Nigerian eyes focus at the forthcoming 2017 ITTF Africa Junior and Cadet Championships, which commence in Tunis on Sunday 9th April and are followed immediately on Sunday 16th April by the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Continental Qualification Tournament for Africa.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Now too old for the cadet events; the focus for the 15 year old in the ancient city is twofold; success in the Junior Girls’ Singles event at 2017 ITTF Africa Junior and Cadet Championships and to follow her male counterpart Oljo Onaolapo, to become only the second Nigerian to compete in the table tennis events at a Youth Olympic Games.

Notably Ojo Onaolapo was present in Singapore in 2010 and caused quite a stir when he reached the Men’s Singles quarter-finals.

Tosin Esther Oribamise spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press Officer.

I think I am ready to compete for the title this year; I will be playing the junior events in Tunis having featured in the cadets in two previous editions. There is no doubt that the Egyptians are favourites but we are sure that we can humble them in Tunis.

It is always exciting playing in North Africa and I believe that having played against most of the North African teams, I am sure we can raise our game and make Nigeria proud again this year.

Apart from aiming for medal in the African Junior Championships, I am also hopeful that I can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina come 2018. I am aware that the finalists will qualify automatically and I believe I will be one of the two girls that will make it to Argentina.

I must admit that it is not going to be easy because every player going to Tunis will be fully ready and nobody is going there just to watch others.

African Championships 2017 African Junior & Cadet Championships Esther Oribamise

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