The 2020 ITTF Africa High Cup 16, and it serves off at the moment in Rades, Tunis, the capital metropolis of the North African nation, Tunisia.
From Omar Assar to Dina Meshref who’re defending champions within the women and men occasions respectively, the sphere is stronger now and issues are actually wanting more durable right here for would-be conquerors of Africa.
With the presence of Africa’s best-ranked participant on this planet, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria, coupled with probably the most improved participant on the continent, Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal, in addition to different title contenders competing in Tunis, securing the final word glory on this match is as difficult as by no means earlier than.
To Meshref, who’s probably the most profitable participant within the competitors having received the final three editions in Nigeria, Sudan and Kenya, the usual of play now makes it more durable for any participant to clinch the title.
“I think it is more challenging for any player to win the title. But for me I just need to focus on my game in the tournament with the hope of achieving new things. I am going to play my game and hope that I can do better,” she stated.
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Equally, Diaw who’s making his debut within the competitors, admitted that successful match has change into more durable in Africa now.
“I think playing in Africa has really improved my game and I hope I can do well in the tournament. I am really looking forward to an exciting time in Tunisia, especially with the warm welcome I got from the hosts since I arrived,” he stated.
Ahmed Saleh is likely one of the celebrated desk tennis gamers in Africa. Although he’s 40 years outdated, the Egyptian star will not be able to name it give up with the sport but, as he’s pumped as much as slug it out with the youthful heavyweights of the game on the on-going 2020 ITTF Africa High 16 Cup in Tunis, capital of Tunisia.
Saleh, who’s seeded quantity two within the males’s singles occasion, stated with the present crop of gamers on the continent, claiming titles in any main occasion had change into harder.
“I think when I won the title in the 1990s, it was a bit easy but today it is much harder because of the kind of players we have in Africa now. They are all among the best in the world and I must admit that anybody that wins here will know that he worked hard for it,” Saleh stated.
The Egyptian faces a frightening activity in Tunis as he’s drawn in Group Two alongside Togo’s Dodji Kokou Fanny, South Africa’s Shane Overmeyer, and Kenya’s Brian Mutua.
However Kenyan 21-year-old star, Mutua, additionally believes that he has been handed a troublesome problem.
“I am really in a tough group in this competition but I will surely give it my best and hope that I can qualify from the group and make it to the next stage of the championship. I am here for business because it is a rare privilege for me to represent Kenya in this tournament,” Mutua concluded.