Team Nigeria Departs For ITTF Junior Circuit in Egypt

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Nigeria's Table Tennis Star, Segun Toriola
Nigeria’s Table Tennis Star, Segun Toriola

A four-man Team Nigeria contingent will on Tuesday March 22, departs the country to Egypt for the 2016 ITTF Junior Circuit tagged Egypt Open.
The team will leave the shore of the country aboard an Egypt Air to Cairo for the tournament which serves off on Wednesday March 23 to 27 at the Cairo International Stadium.
With Abayomi Animasahun and Amadi Omeh returning to Egypt where they won medals at the 2015 edition of the championship, while Azeez Solanke and Sunday Akomolafe will be making their international debut at the tournament.
The team will be coached by Dotun Omoniyi as 132 players made up of 74 boys and 58 girls from Saudi Arabia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Portugal will be in action at the five-day championship.
For African players taking part in the competition, it will help them to hone their skills ahead of the ITTF African Junior Championship holding in Algiers on April 6 to 12.
According to the President of Egypt Table Tennis Federation (ETTF), Alaa Meshref, the tournament promises to be exciting as host – Egypt would be registering over 110 players.
He however, admitted that he expects stiff opposition from Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.
“I am expecting the players to enjoy every moment of playing table tennis in a good environment but I must admit that matches against Nigeria as an African competitor and Saudi Arabia as an Arab competitor will be interesting,” Meshref said.

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