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Nigeria, Egypt for ITTF Team World Cup

Nigeria and Egypt will represent the African continent at the 2019 ITTF Team World Cup holding at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The five-day serves off on November 6 to 10 and it is a table tennis test event for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be hosted by Japan.

Nigeria secured their place at the tournament following their triumph at the 2018 African Championships held in Mauritius and the West African side will be returning to the tournament after their last appearance in 2010.

In 2013 edition held in China, Egypt’s men team led by mar Assar stunned the world to claim bronze medal ahead of Germany in the third place tie.

Already, the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) has named a five-man team led by seven-time Olympian Segun Toriola for the championship.

The team also includes world number 19, Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo, Bode Abiodun and Azeez Solanke.

Like Nigeria, Egypt is the African women champion and they have named Dina Meshref, Reem El-Eraky, Yousra Helmy, Marwa Alhodaby and Farah Abdel-Aziz.

The tournament will feature teams of the standard of Olympic Games, as a dress rehearsal for the showpiece event in 2020.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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