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Nigeria, Egypt set for 2019 ITTF Team World Cup

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

While Nigeria will represent in the men’s category, the North Africans will represent in the women’s category.

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

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

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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 for the tournament.

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

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

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