03 Feb 2020

Successful last year in early August at the 2019 ITTF-Africa Cup in Lagos and thus places reserved in the respective Chengdu Airlines Men’s World Cup and Uncle Pop Women’s World Cup tournaments, Egypt’s Omar Assar and Dina Meshref are seeking repeat performances.

They are named amongst the 16 men and 16 women will compete the 2019 Africa Top 16 Cup to be staged at the Olympic City, El Menzah in Tunis from Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th February.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF Africa Press Officer

The African Table Tennis Federation has named the complete list on invitations.

Men’s Singles
  • Reigning champion: Omar Assar (Egypt)


  • Regional champions: Sami Kherouf (Algeria), Oba Oba Kizito (Ivory Coast), Gedeon Kassa (Congo Democratic), Brian Mutua (Kenya), Shane Overmeyer (South Africa)


  • Invites: Larbi Bouriah (Algeria), Monday Olabiyi (Benin), Saheed Idowu (Congo Brazzaville), Ibrahima Diaw (Senegal), Kokou Dodji Fanny (Togo), Adam Hmam (Tunisia), Ahmed Ali Saleh (Egypt), Olajide Omotayo (Nigeria), Quadri Aruna (Nigeria), Theo Cogill (South Africa)


Women’s Singles
  • Reigning champion: Dina Meshref (Egypt)


  • Regional champions: Fadwa Garci (Tunisia), Flavia Kimbu (Congo Democratic), Marta Gulti (Ethiopia), Musfiquh Kalam (South Africa), Fatimo Bello (Nigeria)


  • Invites: Katia Kessaci (Algeria), Tshepiso Rebatenne (Botswana), Sarah Hanffou Cameroon), Yousra Helmy (Egypt), Nandeshwaree Jalim (Mauritius), Offiong Edem (Egypt), Simeen Mookrey (South Africa), Safa Saidani (Tunisia), Christy Bristol (Seychelles), Lynda Loghraibi (Algeria)


Growing in quality

It is an entry which year by year grows in quality, a fact recognised by Khalid El-Salhy, President of the African Table Tennis Federation.

“I am so happy to have such a competitive atmosphere that the winners cannot be known until the end of the final match. It gives Africa the chance to get more than one qualifier for ITTF World Cup as we did it twice in men in 2017 and 2019. We will also to give the tournament the needed coverage as the matches will be streamed live.” Khalid El-Salhy

A total prize fund of US$25,000 will be on offer.

2020 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup Omar Assar Dina Meshref

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