To expose the younger players to world-class tournament, the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has confirmed that teenage sensation, Abayomi Animasahun will lead a four-man contingent to the 2016 ITTF Junior Circuit tagged Egypt Open.
The tournament which is one of the ITTF Junior Circuits serves off on March 23 to 27 at the Cairo Stadium in Egypt.
Abayomi, who was part of the ITTF Hopes Team to the 2015 ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Egypt will return to international action alongside Azeez Solanke, Sunday Akomolafe and Amadi Omeh and they are expected to compete in the cadet and junior events.
The team will be coached by Dotun Omoniyi.
Apart from participating in the competition, the players will be using the tournament to warm up for this year’s ITTF Africa Junior Championship holding next month in Algeria.
Meanwhile, President of Egypt Table Tennis Federation (ETTF), Alaa Meshref, has predicted that the serene atmosphere would afford the players the chance to showcase their talents among themselves.
“There will be a huge number of Egyptians to cheer the players as we plan to hold the event in the biggest hall in Cairo Stadium which will house 12 competition tables,” said Meshref.
“It provides a chance for a large number of Egyptian players to participate and gives them the opportunity to test themselves internationally with foreign players”, added Meshref. “Entries have been received from Nigeria and Saudi Arabia as well as India, Portugal Jordan, Kuwait and Lebanon.”
“I am expecting the players to enjoy playing table tennis in a good environment,” continued Meshref. “Matches against Nigeria as an African competitor and Saudi Arabia as an Arab competitor will be interesting.”