by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
He has with one mission in his mind, to emulate his compatriot Omar Assar and win the Men’s Singles title.
However, Mohamed El-Beiali is well aware of the task before him when he arrives in Lagos. He is optimistic, in spite of the growing profile of Africa’s elite tournament. He believes he can clinch the title. Notably, he missed out narrowly in 2014 when he was beaten in the semi-finals by compatriot, El-Sayed Lashin.
“Nigeria Open is getting stronger every year. I am ready to fight for the title. I am aware of the quality of players coming this year but I will try my best to make something out of it. I am ready to fight till the end.” Mohamed El-Beaili
Mohamed El-Beaili is one of many players returning to Nigeria, the tournament is unique, particularly with the friendly nature of Nigerians whose understanding of the sport cannot be underestimated.
“I like the people in Nigeria and I like Nigerian players; for sure Quadri Aruna has made us proud in Africa. Being my fourth appearances in the competition, I am hoping that I can replicate my 2014 feat where I made it to the semi-final stage.” Mohamed El-Beaili
A tough task awaits Mohamed El-Beiali who is well aware of the quality of the entry but he is an optimist. He is not giving up on his dream of claiming his first title in Lagos.
“I have seen the quality of players coming this year and I must confess that it promises to be explosive with huge support from the very understanding and supporting Lagos fans. I am hopeful that I can make it this year amidst the stars coming to Lagos. Mohamed El-Beaili
Currently, Mohamed El-Beiali is the no.11 seed in the Men’s Singles event; in the Men’s Doubles he partners colleague Khalid Assar.