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.