12 Feb 2020

The leading name in Africa, for the men in recent years there has been a very clear choice, either Egypt’s Omar Assar or Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna; however, last year in late August that situation was questioned.

At the African Games in Rabat, after overcoming Omar Assar at the semi-final stage of the men’s singles event, Quadri Aruna was beaten in the final by colleague, Olajide Omotayo; all three appear on the entry list for the forthcoming 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup which starts in Tunisia on Monday 24th February.

by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer

A highly competitive tournament, a fact of which Omar Assar, who emerged victorious at the 2018 ITTF Africa Top 16 tournament and won last year in Lagos at the 2019 ITTF-Africa Cup, in well aware.

“The ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup is a special event because it has only the current top players in Africa and they compete together to qualify for the ITTF World Cup! It is a tough challenge for me because all the players are in a good form.

I agree that there is a clear improvement in the level of the African players however I believe more can be done by managing the players in the professional way.

I am practising in preparation for the tournament as I need to be in a good form mentally and physically because the matches will be tough from the start.

The tournament has always seen surprises, players unexpectedly reaching the semi-finals by performing very well. Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal is very good.

Tunisia has a long history of table tennis that makes playing there always very special beside that I love the City of Tunis as I have won several titles in my career there at junior level. I am looking forward for the Tunisian fans.” Omar Assar


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