The rivalry at the senior level between Nigeria and Egypt will again be ignited at the 2016 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championship starting in Algiers today.
As the two best playing nations in the continent, Nigeria and Egypt have always be at logger-head over supremacy and this will come to fore when the team events of the competition begin this morning.
In the draw conducted on Tuesday, Nigeria was drawn against Egypt in the boys and girls’ events while host – Algeria will battle against Congo Brazzaville and South Africa in the second group.
In the boys’ draws, Nigeria will clash against Egypt in Group A alongside Libya while Algeria will confront South Africa and Morocco in Group C. Congo Brazzaville is in Group B alongside Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.
For the girls’ grouping, Nigeria will again battle Egypt as well as Tunisia in Group A while Algeria will take on Congo Brazzaville, South Africa and Angola.
Matches will commence today with Nigeria facing Egypt in the boys and girls’ event on the first day, while Algeria will be relying on home support when they take on Morocco and South Africa.
The team event serves as qualifiers for the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship holding in Pretoria, South Africa next November.
According to the President of the Algerian Table Tennis Federation, Kamel Zitouni, the stage is set for the commencement of the tournament after the successful hosting of the ITTF Junior Circuit.
“Algeria is ready now to organise this tournament; we are ready for the adventure, it is going to be very exciting. We are looking forward to having a successful tournament and to present the best image of table tennis in Algeria and across Africa.
“We must also acknowledge the support from the International Table Tennis Federation and the African Table Tennis Federation; also we have received tables from Butterfly, this helps to have a good organisation,” Zitouni concluded.