The African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) has confirmed Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria as the continent’s flagbearers at the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship holding in Cape Town, South Africa in October.
In a statement by the President of ATTF, Khaled El-Salhy, the four teams confirmed their qualification among the 12 teams that featured at the last ITTF African Junior & Cadet Championship in Algiers.
Egypt and Nigeria will compete in the boys and girls events at the global tournament while the girls’ team from Algeria and the boys’ team from Tunisia will join the two continental superpowers at the tournament holding in November this year.
Aside the four countries that will represent Africa at the championship, host – South Africa will also be presenting its boys and girls teams for the competition.
Also, the continental body also named the eight-man team that will constitute African team for the 2016 World Cadet Challenge in China.
The team is dominated by players from Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, while Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville completed the list.
Cadet champions – Egypt’s duo of Marwan Abdelwahab and Rinad Fathy top the list. Others are Tunisia’s pair of Aboubaker Bourass and Manel Baklouti as well as Algeria’s Malissa Nasri and Abdelbasset Chaichi. Other members of the team are Nigeria’s Esther Oribamise and Congo Brazzaville’s Regis Kiassi. The ITTF World Cadet Challenge holds on October 21 to 29.