22 Aug 2019

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna and Egypt’s Omar Assar are very much the principal male names on duty at the 2019 African Games; play commencing in Rabat on Wednesday 21st August.

However, they have a major challenger, the name very much to note is that of Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw; the 27 year old is making his debut in the prestigious multi-sport gathering.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Notably in May at the 2019 ITTF Challenge Thailand Open in Bangkok, Ibrahima Diaw reached the third round of the men’s singles event, before earlier this month at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup, extending Quadri Aruna the full seven games distance, only succumbing by the minimum two point margin in the deciding game.

“This is my first time in any multi-sports tournament. I cannot wait to start playing at the African Games. I am particularly thrilled to be here in Morocco, meeting other athletes in other sports. There is no doubt that I am here to show what I can do because after my performance against Quadri Aruna in the quarter-final of the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup, many people now noticed me and they now see me as a potential threat to the dominance of the sport by two of the world’s best players.” Ibrahima Diaw

Currently based in Denmark, in both Bangkok and Lagos, Ibrahima Diaw made a major impact.

“With what I saw in Lagos at the ITTF Africa Cup, it is obvious that the African Games will be tougher because we have some new players and they are here to make names for themselves.” Ibrahima Diaw.

In Rabat, Ibrahima Diaw lines up alongside Mohamed Gueye and Hamidou Sow in the men’s team event; the competition which commences proceedings.

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