25 Jan 2018

Six months ago, Bryan Mutua never dreamt that in such a short time his aspiration to represent Kenya at major tournament would become a reality.

However on Tuesday 23rd January, the Mwala High School student, at a specially organised press conference with the country’s leading members of the media present, was announced as the men’s representative for the forthcoming 2018 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

For the tournament to be staged in Nairobi from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd March, the dream is realised for the young man who is a product of Kenya Table Tennis Association’s “Tucheze Tebo” (Swahili for let’s play table tennis) scheme.

“It is such a privilege to represent the country in such a tournament and at this point I just thank the Lord. I would like to say that it was not that easy as there are also good players in the country. It was a long term struggle and I hope to give my best and play in the highest level possible.” Bryan Mutua

Very much new to the wider scene, Brian Mutua made his international debut for Kenya at last year’s Eastern African regional tournament in Mauritius.

“It was not easy to make my debut for the national team in the regional tournament in Mauritius; attaining sixth position was not easy. My age won’t limit me in giving my best against the continent’s best and I believe I will perform even beyond my expectations. I look forward to learning from the top players and gain as much as I can in terms of skills to be able to challenge and win against them in future events.” Bryan Mutua

Notably Brian Mutua is an admirer of Quadri Aruna who he hopes to meet for the first time during the tournament in Nairobi.

“I like Quadri Aruna’s style of play and this tournament will afford me the opportunity to be able to challenge myself against him and the rest. I think it is indeed a rare privilege for me. Also hosting the tournament in Kenya will allow people to understand the sport better and this will be of positive impact on Kenya.” Bryan Mutua

A watershed moment in the life of Bryan Mutua awaits.

2018 ITTF Africa Top 16 Bryan Mutua

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