The implication of Nigeria female table tennis players missing the 2016 ITTF Africa Championship which held in Morocco has emerged as the team has been ruled out of the 2018 World Team Championships by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

It was the inability of Nigeria to compete in the team event that has denied the country from making the cut as it was only Olufunke Oshonaike that was able to sponsor herself to the tournament. She claimed the women single’s title at the expense of Egypt’s Dina Meshref.

With this development, Egypt will be leading five other African teams to the tournament holding between April 29 to May 6 in Halmstad, Sweden.
However, the world table tennis ruling body has confirmed the men’s teams of Nigeria and Egypt as well as five other African countries for the 2018 World Team Championships.

Nigeria and Egypt qualified automatically for the tournament based on their world rating and performance at the 2016 edition in Malaysia but they are expected to campaign in the second division after both teams failed to make it to the Championship division.

Unlike Nigeria, Egypt and Togo who qualified based on the outing in 2016, the likes of Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia made the cut following their performances at the 2016 African Championship in Morocco.

Egypt is the only female team that made the automatic cut for the championship while the likes of Algeria, Congo Brazzaville, South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia picked their slots in Sweden following their performance and presence at the 2016 African Championship in Morocco.

China tops the list of teams expected in Sweden as they are the defending champions of the men and women categories but all eyes will be on Germany this year following the displacing of China’s Ma Long as world number one by Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the January 2018 ranking expected to be released this week.