African TT Club Championships begin in Lagos

Nigeria Table Tennis player, Aruna-Quadri

The 2019 African Table Tennis Championships begin on Thursday, August 1 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun in Lagos.

The bi-annual tournament which was hosted in 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, has Egypt’s Alhy as the defending champions in the men and women events.

For the first time, the number of teams increased to eight with Nigeria, Egypt, Togo, Senegal and Rwanda competing in the two events.

In the draw conducted, men’s number one seed, ENPPI of Egypt has been drawn in Group A alongside Benin’s Unversite d’Abomey Calavi, Congo DRC’s APC Spin and Remo Stars of Nigeria.

Group B has SOJ TT Club of Nigeria as well as Togo’s Club Avenir, Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank and Rwanda’s Vision TT.

Women’s defending champion and number one seed, Alhy of Egypt has been drawn in Group A with Nigeria’s G20 and Senegal’s Club International of Dakar.

In Group B, Nigeria’s Cannan Queen has to compete against Congo DRC’s APC Spin and Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank.

The top two teams will advance to the semifinal stage while the group matches will commence on Thursday, August 1. 2019.

The Club Championships kick-started the table tennis festival with Lagos being the host of three major tournaments in the ITTF calendar.

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