16 Apr 2019

Eligible for two representatives in each of the boys’ team and girls’ team events at the forthcoming 2019 World Junior Championships to be staged in Bangkok, Thailand from Sunday 24th November to Sunday 1st December; Egypt and Nigeria have been named the continental selections by the African Table Tennis Federation.

The announcement follows the conclusion of the recent 2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra, Ghana.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

In the final of the boys’ team event in Accra, the Nigerian trio formed by Emmanuel Augustine, Jamiu Ayanwale and Azeez Solanke recorded a 3-0 win in opposition to Egypt’s Marwan Abdelwahab, Abdelrahman Dendan and Ahmed El-Borhamy.

Conversely in the title deciding girls’ team contest it was exactly the reverse scenario when the two countries met; the Egyptian selection formed by Sarah Abousetta, Sara El-Hakem and Alaa Yehia overcame the combination of Sukurat Aiyelbegan, Iyanu Oluwa Falana and Vivian Oku.

In addition the team that will represent Africa at the 2019 World Cadet Challenge to be staged in Cetniewo, Poland from Wednesday 23rd to Thursday 31st October is announced.

Taiwo Mati, the cadey boys’ singles champion in Accra (Photo: Nana Adarkwa)


Nigeria’s Taiwo Mati heads the boys’ line-up, being supported by Tunisia’s Habib Ameur, Egypt’s Mohamed Sameh and Algeria’s Abderrahmane Azzala; Egypt’s Hana Goda leads the girls’ team alongside Nigeria’s Sukurat Aiyelabegan, Tunisia’s Maram Zoghlami and Algeria’s Melissa Belache.

Recently in Accra, Taiwo Mati and Hana Goda won the respective cadet boys’ singles and cadet girls’ singles titles; prior to play commencing at the World Cadet Challenge, a continental training camp is planned in Poland.

Hana Goda, the newly crowned African cadet girls’ singles champion (Photo: Hana Adarkwa)

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