11 Oct 2018

Located in Central Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo was the recent home for the 2018 Central Africa Regional Hopes Week and Challenge; proceedings commenced on Thursday 20th September and concluded on Thursday 27th September.

Organised under the auspices of ITTF High Performance and Development, the venue was the Pullman Hotel in Kinshasa, the expert on duty was Frenchman, Cédric Rouleau.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A total of 26 young players with, in addition to the host nation, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi and Cameroon being represented, a five day training camp commenced the itinerary.

Two training sessions per day were staged, video analysis adding to the quality of the endeavour. On the final two days, tournaments were staged; the first was exclusive to those born in 2006 and 2007, the second for all who attended.

Locally matters were administered by St. Mathieu Muana Mbuta, the President of the Congo Republic Table Tennis Federation; his focus being very much on developing young players.

“We want to focus primarily on our youngest and concentrate on Congolese talent detection.” St. Mathieu Muana Mbut

Motivated, members of the Congo Republic Table Tennis Federation supported the event; in addition seven coaches attended as well as eight umpires who explained basic rules in particular paying attention the regulations concerning the service.

Hard fought matches ensued with the hosts enjoying noteworthy successes. In the open age group, Christian Muta won the Boys’ Singles event, Lily Dinanga secured the Girls’ Singles titles; additionally she won the event for those born 2004 and 2005. Meanwhile, in the competition for those born in 2006 and 2007, the respective winners were Marc Kilenge and Tiyoyo Kayembe.

Additionally a Boys’ Singles event was held for those born in 2008 and 2009, Neredy Mutshu emerging the winner, whilst in the years 2010 to 2012, Chris Nkunga secured the top prize.

“I was able to see the dynamics of the Federation throughout my stay; I especially thank St. Mathieu Muana Mbuta and his team for the welcome and smooth running of the Central Africa Regional Hopes Week and Challenge in Kinshasa, in addition I thank all the officials who helped.” Cédric Rouleau

A most successful venture, it was one that bodes well not only for the Democratic Republic of Congo but also for the Central African Region as a whole.

2018 Central Africa Regional Hopes Week and Challenge: Roll of Honour


2018 ITTF Hopes Cédric Rouleau St. Mathieu Muana Mbut