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ITTF Africa: Egypt subdues Nigeria in men’s and women’s team finals

Nigeria’s table tennis team failed to justify their rating in Africa as they fell like a pack of cards to Egypt in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Egypt won both men’s and women’s team titles for the nation at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) African Championships.

Both finals at Versatile Sports Palace in the Cameroonian capital pitted Egypt against Nigeria.

In the women’s final, Egypt won each of the first three matches in four games to claim a quick victory.

Hana Goda overcame Offiong Edem, African Games champion Dina Meshref defeated Cecilia Akpan and Mariam Alhodaby came from behind to beat Olufunke Oshonaike, giving Egypt victory.

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The going was not so easy in the men’s final which followed.

Indeed Nigeria even led after Quadri Aruna beat Ahmed Salah in four games.

Omar Assar came from behind to beat African Games king Olajide Omotayo and level things up, before Mohamed El-Beiali saw off Bode Abiodun, putting Egypt one win from the overall victory.

Aruna then beat Assar to send the final to a deciding fifth tie, where Salah beat Omotayo in straight games to give Egypt the gold medal.


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