01 Nov 2019

Gold earlier this year in the women’s team event at the African Games in Morocco, the goal achieved; now an even bigger task faces Egypt.

The ZEN-NOH 2019 ITTF Team World Cup, which commences in the Tokyo on Wednesday 6th October, is the challenge.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Notably the squad of players who succeeded in Morocco, travel to the Japanese capital city; the Egyptian Table Tennis Federation has confirmed the names of Dina Meshref, Farah Abdel-Aziz, Yousra Helmy, Reem El-Eraky and Marwa Alhodaby.

Most experienced player

On duty at the recent Uncle Pop 2019 Women’s World Cup in Chengdu, currently playing in the powerful German Bundesliga, Dina Meshref is the team’s leading light and most experienced player.

“We hope we can represent Egypt and Africa in the best possible way. Advancing to the second stage might be difficult because all the teams seeded second in the group will be strong but nothing is impossible for us as we will try our best.” Dina Meshref

It is a most exacting challenge, teams finishing in first and second places in each of the four groups advancing to the main draw.

“We are of course going to compete and try to play our best table tennis.” Dina Meshref

Teenager included

Notably, 19 year old Marwa Alhodaby is once again included.

“I think it’s very important for her to see how seniors’ big events go on and I think she will benefit a lot from this new experience. For making the team, I know Marwa Alhodaby is a very good player and I am happy she will be joining us for the tournament.” Dina Meshref

Egypt qualifies by being the 2018 African champions.

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