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2019 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships: Nigeria hits semifinal

Nigeria’s junior boys’ team maintains their unbeaten run to qualify alongside Egypt into the semifinal round of the ongoing ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships holding in Accra, Ghana.

From the three matches played in the group, Nigeria overcame Tunisia, Ghana and Congo Brazzaville to join Egypt who also defeated Sierra Leone and South Africa in their group matches.

Tunisia being the only team to lose 1-3 to Nigeria are also in contention for the title after the North African side booked their place in the last four after a convincing win in the quarterfinal round.

Nigeria and Egypt were given a bye to the semifinal as the top teams from Group One and Two of the boys’ junior.

For finishing second, Tunisia and Algeria had to battle others to be certain of their slots in the last four.

According to African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), teams that make it to the final in the boys and girls team events will represent the continent at the World Junior Championship (WJC) holding in Thailand later in the year.

As it is the battle for the two slots in the boys event will be among Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria.

However, the chance of Nigeria in the girls’ event is slim following the below-par performance of the team.

Having lost 0-3 in the first group match to Egypt, the team redeemed its image with a 3-0 convincing win over South Africa.

To be sure of playing in the last four, the Rofiat Jimoh-captained side will slug it out with Algeria in the quarterfinal tie.

In the cadet division, Nigeria’s duo of Taiwo Matti and Jamiu Ayanwale were unbeaten in their matches as they pummeled Mauritius and Congo DRC to secure their automatic place in the last four while they will be joined in the semifinal by Tunisia who also recorded wins in their matches.

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