Hassan Abdulsalam

The Egyptians duo Omar Assar and Dina Meshref ruled Africa again by winning the 2019 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF ) Africa Cup.

Assar defeated fellow country man Saleh Ahmed in the men’s singles final by 10-12, 11-3, 11-6, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9, 11-3.

In the women’s single, Dina also defeated her country counterpart Helmy Yousra 11-9, 11-9, 11-1, 11-8.

On Assar’s way to win the tournament, he defeated Africa Number one, Aruna Quadri 6-11, 8-11, 11-3, 7-11, 3-11 in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Quadri beat Kherouf Sami from Algeria 11-6, 12-10, 11-5 to scoop the competition’s bronze prize

In the women’s singles, Edem Offiong of Nigeria saw off Garci Fadwa from Tunisia 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8 in a keenly-contested match to claim third position.

Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES after the match, said it wasn’t his expectation win the title Because people have it that Quadri will defend his title.

” I’m very happy to perform very well here, it was not my expectation to win the title because Aruna Quadri is the favourite before i came here, he played fantastic during quarter final” Assar said

Reacting for not participating in the Nigerian Open, he said that he needs to rest that he can’t play three major tournaments in less than two weeks

“I would like to take a break,I can’t play three major tournaments in a row, it is always happy to play against your teammates, he has the experience and exposure, it is very good that Egyptian table tennis is at high level.” he concluded

Meanwhile, African number one in the female category, Dina said that training in international camps helped her to compete with top players in the world.

Six times world cup appearance said experience and exposure will her to make Africa proud at the World cup.

According to Dina, “It wasn’t that easy to win a tournament, it was very close, It was a regular international training camps that helped me because I want to compete with top players that was why I usually improved.

“I hope to try my best because I have played six times at the world cup with better experience.

The ITTF Nigerian Open challenge plus will serve off on August 7th at the Molade Thomas Okoya hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

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