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Nigeria, Egypt Eagerly Await Opponents For The 2024 WTTC In South Korea

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Nigeria and Egypt, prominent table tennis powerhouses in Africa, will discover their opponents for the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) Finals in Busan, South Korea. The draws for this global event will be revealed on Tuesday, January 16, at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO).

This tournament holds immense significance as it is a qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The top eight teams in the men’s and women’s categories will secure their slots in the team event of the Olympic Games in France. With the WTTC Finals scheduled for February 16–25, the participating nations are eagerly preparing to showcase their skills on the global stage.

To represent Africa in the men’s event are Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Madagascar. These teams have a rich history of excellence in table tennis and are well-regarded internationally. In the women’s category, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Mauritius will fly the continent’s flag. These talented players are set to make their mark and demonstrate the growing strength of African table tennis.

Egypt has already secured the continent’s sole ticket in the team events (men and women), granting them the opportunity to compete in the team event of the Olympic Games. This achievement paves the way for Nigeria and other African teams to join them, adding further excitement and anticipation to the tournament.

With less than 30 days remaining until the tournament commences, the draws will mark the official countdown to the championships. This momentous occasion is particularly significant for the Korean Republic, as they host this prestigious event for the first time. The organizing committee is committed to providing a unique and unforgettable experience for all participating teams and spectators, ensuring that the event leaves a lasting impression on the global table tennis community.

The draws will unveil the matchups for the thrilling matches, setting the stage for a captivating championship. Fans from around the world eagerly await the announcement, as the pairings will determine the intensity and competitiveness of the matches. The tournament promises to provide spectators with exhilarating displays of skill, determination, and sportsmanship.

Beyond the Olympic qualification at stake, the championships also offer the globe’s strongest teams the opportunity to compete for two of table tennis’s most coveted prizes: the Swaythling Cup and the Corbillon Cup. These prestigious trophies symbolize excellence in team table tennis, and winning them is a testament to a team’s mastery of the sport.

Furthermore, this tournament is set to celebrate the Republic of Korea’s place in table tennis history. The first-ever World Table Tennis Championships were held in London in 1926; since 1957, the event has been held biennially.

The World Team Table Tennis Championships were introduced as a separate competition in 2000, allowing teams to compete specifically in the team format. This year’s edition marks the Korea Republic’s inaugural hosting of the event, adding to the nation’s rich table tennis heritage.

As the anticipation builds and the tournament draws near, players and fans alike are eager to witness the thrilling matches and the crowning of the world’s best table tennis teams. The WTTC finals in Busan will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion filled with excitement, fierce competition, and the spirit of camaraderie that unites the global table tennis community.

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AFCON 2021: Cameroon vs Egypt, A Tale Of Supremacy, Revenge

By Etienne Mainimo

Cameroon and Egypt will on Thursday, February 3, face each other in the semi-finals of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON going on in Cameroon.

The two-nations will march each other in what is considered the final before the finals. In the hearts of both supporters, there is fear and uncertainty on what will be the outcome of the match when the final whistle is sounded at the Olembe Stadium.

Given the tension that has existed between these two nations, there is no doubt that besides the supremacy and tension raising in the background, beautiful football is expected to centre stage.

So far, in the competition, Egypt is led by an inspirational Mohammed Salah who seems to be kicking into action, at the moment that the tournament has entered its climax stage.

For their part, Cameroon is spearheaded by a sensational striker Vincent Aboubakar who has been one of the very best players in the entire competition, scoring the most number of goals.

Aboubakar is closely followed by Karl Toko Ekambi with five goals.

The story of Thursday’s match is going to be unique given that there is probability that the game will extend into extra time.

Both sides have met in 27 matches but Egypt has maintained it domination winning 15 of them and losing only six times. The last time they faced each other was in the 2017 AFCON. The Indomitable Lions pulled off a 2-1 victory over the Pharaohs.

While Cameroon’s holds the most recent record of 17 home games in all competitions consisting of no losses, Egypt in their last 26 games in all competitions, has recorded 24 undefeated matches.

In all competitions, Cameroon has recorded no loss in 24 of their most recent 26 home games. The indomitable lions have also had a period of 15 straight home games without a defeat.

However, knowing that Cameroon has kept a clean sheet throughout this competition and Egypt has passed through thick and thin to arrive at the semi-finals, there is more than watching the game on Thursday.