12 Feb 2020

Staged in the Dome of El-Menzah in Tunisia from Monday 24th to Tuesday 26th February, Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna and Dina Meshref are named the top seeds in the respective men’s singles and women’s singles events at the forthcoming 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup.

A qualification tournament for the Liebherr Men’s World Cup and Women’s World Cup tournaments later in the year in October, a total prize fund of US$ 25,000.00 is on offer.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

Comprising regional champions and top ranked players from throughout the continent, notable absentees are Nigerian veterans, Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike, former winners and African representatives at the World Cup events.

In the men’s seeding, Egypt’s Omar Assar is the no.4 seed behind colleague Ahmed Ali Saleh of Egypt and Olajide Omotayo, like Quadri Aruna from Nigeria. A potential semi-final meeting between Quadri Aruna and Omar Assar is a distinct possibility, a situation that occurred at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup in Lagos, the Egyptian claiming a six games success and progressing to win the event.

Notably, both men’s and women’s events will be played in an initial phase of four groups, four players in each group, best of five games. Players finishing in first and second positions advance to the main draw when matches become best of seven games.

The draw will take place according to the latest African seeding with the top four seeded players being drawn in separate groups. All remaining players will be drawn accordingly to a modified snake system.

There will be separation by association in the first phase.

2020 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup Quadri Aruna Dina Meshref

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