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ITTF confirms Quadri, Oshonaike for Top 16 Cup

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African champion Aruna Quadri will be leading a four-man Nigerian squad to the International Table Tennis Federation Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya in March.

The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, in a statement on Monday, said the ITTF had confirmed the country’s participation in the competition.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup will hold from March 1 to 3 in Nairobi.

Seven-time Olympian Segun Toriola will be campaigning in the men’s singles alongside Quadri, while Funke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong will fly Nigeria’s flag in the women’s singles.

Also, the world body has confirmed the Egyptian team’s participation in the three-day tournament.

Africa’s highest-ranked player Omar Assar, who just joined Borussia Dusseldorf in the German Bundesliga, will lead the North African side to the championship.

He will be joined in the men’s singles by veteran player Ahmed Saleh.

Meanwhile, the women’s singles defending champion Egypt’s Dina Meshref will be joined by Farah Abdel-Aziz in the event.

Only Nigeria and Egypt have four players representing them.

Tunisia, Morocco, Congo Brazzaville, South Africa, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, Cameroon, DR Congo and hosts Kenya have either one or two players representing them.

According to the ITTF, the players confirmed were selected based on their continental ranking.

NAN reports that the tournament serves as the continental qualifiers for the 2018 ITTF World Cups.

The winners in the men’s and women’s singles will represent Africa at the ITTF World Cups later in the year.

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