by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer
In Nairobi it was a testing time; he finished in fourth place in his initial stage group behind Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna, Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu and Cameroon’s Derek Nyoh Ofon; eventually he concluded matters in 14th position.
The 21-year-old student of Physical Sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is ready for the Tunisian challenge.
“I have been training physically and in game situations in preparation for the tournament. Also I have been working on my mistakes from the past tournaments. My main aim is to be able to make it to the top four, as this will give me a chance to be listed among the best in Africa.
So far I have been able to play against a lot of foreign players, therefore I have learnt a lot from them and I hope to implement what I learnt in Tunisia.
The diversity of the players in this tournament is what makes it unique as there are a lot of different players with different game styles.
After a 18 months training in Denmark, I now have more confidence as I approach this tournament and I think that this time there are chances of making it to the podium.” Brian Mutua
Brian Mutua qualified for the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup last year in Kampala, Uganda. He emerged the men’s champion at the East Africa Singles Challenge held in Kampala, Uganda