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Table tennis: Nigeria, Egypt on superior list in Africa

Africa’s super powers in table tennis, Nigeria and Egypt, confirmed their superiority on the continent as the two nations have been in the seeding list of the double event of the 2017 IWTF World Championship holding in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Segun Toriola
Segun Toriola, Nigerian top table tennis player

In the seeding list released by the table tennis ruling body, previous performance and other championships by these countries counted for the double seeding for the 2017 World Championship.

Nigeria’s duo of Haruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo are the Africa’s highest men’s doubles tieing at 22nd while Egyptians Saidi Rashin and Ahmed Sala are seeded 26th.

In the women’s doubles seeding, African Champions, Egypt’s Yutra Helme and Dolna Mestrep, are rated 19th while Nigeria’s Funke Oshonaike and Cameroon’s Sara Hamfu are 32nd in the seeding list.

Africa’s mixed double champions, Egypt’s Omasa and Dinah Mestrep, are seeded 19th while Nigeria’s Segun Toriola and Funke Oshonaike are rated 18th.

Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has been appointed to head two special committees in the organisation of football in Africa.

Pinnick is to head the organisation committee for the African Cup of Nations and also in charge of CAF Media Committee.

These appointments were made at the CAF Executive Committee meeting held in Bahrain.

Other decisions taken at the meeting include the election of Kwesi Twanteki of Ghana as CAF first Vice President and Constantine Selamane of DR Congo as CAF second Vice President.

Also adopted at the meeting is CAF competitions symposium to be organised in Morocco, between July 15 and 16, 2017.

The symposium will dwell on all issues related to CAF competitions and will bring together various stakeholders of African football, players, coaches, referees, media and administrators.

By Felix Simire

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