by Olalekan Okusan ITTF-Africa Press Officer
Mohamed El-Beiali is the no.11 seed in the Men’s Singles competition, Khalid Assar in the no.30 seed but if he is to repeat the success of two years ago when he reached the final, losing to Finland’s Benedek Olah, he may well have to cause a major shock and break the hearts of the host nation.
Should matters proceed according to plan Khalid Assar is scheduled to meet Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, the top seed in round two; for Mohamed El-Beiali, the potential second round Men’s Singles opponent is also from the host nation. Kazeem Nasiru, the no.26 seed, lies in wait.
“I hope to win in this year’s tournament but we have a lot of good players competing this year. I hope that doing well will help my profile. I am focused to do well. The ITTF Nigeria Open keeps getting better and better. I am so excited coming back to Nigeria because the fans are always there to support the players.” Khalid Assar
Contenders no doubt for honours but somewhat outsiders; it is not the situation in the Men’s Doubles event where they join forces. They are the top seeds.
The quest yet to start for Khalid Assar and Mohamed El-Beiali; in the Men’s Singles event for their colleagues, Mahmoud Helmy and Ziad Wael it has already started and with success.
In their opening contests Mahmoud Helmy beat Nigeria’s Akeem Lasisi (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5); Joseph Osedunkwu received a walk-over when due to face Joseph Osedunkwu also from the host nation.
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