Nigeria out of 2017 ITTF World Juniors, Cadet Championships

Nigeria out of 2017 ITTF World Juniors, Cadet Championships
It has been confirmed at the start of the 2017 ITTF African Junior Championships holding in Tunis, Tunisia that one of Africa’s superpowers – Nigeria will not be part of any major junior championships this year within and outside Africa.

Specifically, the West African giant is considered one of the teams expected to make it to the global tournament but it has been ruled of 2017 ITTF World Junior Championships and World Cadet Challenge following their inability to be part of the ongoing ITTF African Championships in Tunis.

The Nigerian team failed to make it to Tunis after the Ministry of Youth and Sports failed to provide the need logistics for the team to travel out at the weekend.

Despite pleas from the 10-man team to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, the players were dispatched at the weekend after eight days of training at the Lagos National Stadium in readiness for the Tunis tournament which serves as qualifiers for the World Junior Championship and World Cadet Challenge holding later in the year.

Meanwhile, the most successful country at the ITTF African Junior Championships – Egypt dominated the seeding list in the team and singles events at this year’s tournament which served off yesterday at the Sports Palace of El Mensah in Tunis.

Over 12 countries were listed in the official opening of the championship while in the team event seeding, Egypt tops in the junior boys and girls categories as well as in the boys U-21 event, the Egyptian were seeded number one.

Host – Tunisia were seeded the top team in the cadet girls, while Algeria were top team in the cadet boys and girls U-21.

In the singles event, Egyptian players dominated the junior and U-21 divisions while Algeria and Tunisia are the top seeds in the cadet boys and girls.

In the junior, Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Mariam ALHODABY are top seeds in the singles of boys and girls, while Egypt’s duo of Aly Ghalab and Aida RAHMO dominated the U-21 boys and girls.

Algeria’s CHAICHI Abdelbasset tops in the cadet boys singles, while Tunisia’s Manel BAKLOUTI is the best ranked cadet girls in singles event.

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