28 Aug 2018

Successful earlier this year in Nairobi when once again she won the ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup and thus gained her passport to the Uncle Pop 2018 ITTF Women’s World Cup to be staged in the Chinese city of Chengdu, later in the year; there is little doubt that Egypt’s Dina Meshref is Africa’s leading female player.

She will be on duty at the forthcoming 2018 ITTF African Championships to be staged from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th September in Port Louis, Mauritius. Moreover, there is a debt to settle.

by Olakekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

In Agadir, Morocco, at the 2016 ITTF African Championships, Dina Meshref surrendered her title. She was beaten by Nigerian veteran Olufunke Oshonaike; this year the player who, amongst many other accolades is the reigning African Games champion, is eager to both reclaim her title and also enjoy the beautiful Island.

“I hope I can perform well in Mauritius and win there, I also am looking forward to having a nice time and enjoying the matches. I am not the defending champion. I lost in the final at the last African Championship in Morocco 2016; I hope I can win the title this time. I think it’s going to be quite competitive; there are many good players in Africa.” Dina Meshref

Time is pressing; it is just one week to go before the action starts.

“I am still preparing at the moment, so I still cannot say I am ready. Hopefully I will be ready by the time the competition approaches. I hope I can win the Teams, Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Singles titles. Of course, there are many good players in Africa. I think that the Egyptian teams will be well prepared for the competition and hopefully could win all titles.” Dina Meshref

A positive approach; Dina Meshref is the clear favourite in the Women’s Singles event, her presence in the Women’s Team, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles will be a major factor.

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