05 Sep 2018

Led by Dina Meshref with Farah Abdel-Aziz and Yousra Helmy providing invaluable support; Egypt won the Women’s Team event at the 2018 ITTF-African Championships in Port Louis, Mauritius on Wednesday 5th September.

Thus they retained the title for the fourth consecutive time, the 13th overall since first gaining success at the inaugural tournament staged in Alexandria in 1962; furthermore, they reserved a place in the 2019 Team World Cup to be staged in Japan, a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The top seeds, at the final hurdle, a three matches to one victory was posted against Nigeria, the no.2 seeds; Dina Meshref the mainstay of the win.

She gave her team the ideal start by beating Offiong Edem in the opening match of the fixture (11-5, 4-11, 11-3, 11-4), before closing the curtain by overcoming Olufunke Oshonaike in the fourth engagement (13-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Sandwiched in between Farah Abdel-Aziz experienced defeat by the very narrowest of margins against Olufunke Oshonaike (6-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11), before Yousra Helmy accounted for Janet Effiom (11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9) to turn the pendulum inexorably in favour of Egypt.

A successful end to the Women’s Team event for Egypt, it was the same for Algeria and Mauritius in the contests for the principal places.
Represented by Katia Kessaci, Sannah Lagsir and Lynda Loghraibi, Algeria secured a well-merited third place; in the play-off contest, they recorded a three-nil win in opposition to South Africa’s Thabisile Mitshoelibe, Simeen Mookrey and Danisha Patel.

Third place for Algeria, for the hosts it was a highly creditable fifth position. In the determining contest Oumehani Hosenally , Nandeshwaree Jalim, and Caroline Ramasawmy secured a three-one success in opposition to Angola’s Isabel Albino, Jerusa Borges and Ruth Tavares.

Play resumes in Port Louis on Friday 7th September with the individual events.

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2018 ITTF African Championships: Newsletter – Tuesday 4th September

2018 ITTF African Championships: Newsletter – Wednesday 5th September

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