04 May 2017

A first round defeat at the hands of Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou was the lot of Cecilia Akpan just under one year ago at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Premier Lotto Nigeria Open; prior to that appearance her most recent international excursion had been at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville.

On that occasion she had been beaten by Egypt’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s Singles event.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Now, a mother, present at both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she is once again looking forward to wearing the colours of Nigeria; she will be on duty at the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships which commence in the Germany city of Düsseldorf on Monday 29th May.

She spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Having missed playing at global level for over two years, featuring at the World Championships will afford me the opportunity to restore my pride in Africa as well as improve my ranking. I must try and make impact in Germany because this is a chance for me to win the heart of my fans.

It has not been easy not competing in Africa and world levels. We were not able to attend the 2015 and 2016 World Championships because there were no funds to embark on the trips, while we also missed the 2016 African Championships in Morocco. Now that the opportunity has come again, we have to make use of it by doing well in Germany.

I know I will start my campaign from the preliminary round and what I just need to achieve first is to corner my way to the main draw. This is very important to me for now and anything can happen after.


Liebherr 2017 World Championships Akpan Cecilia

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