Lagos, Ondo, Others To Feature At NTTF National U-16 League

Table tennis rackets and ball NTTFLagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara, Oyo and Abia States have beaten the March 21 registration deadline and cleared to participate in the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) maiden U-16 national league.

According to Ondo State Coach, Dotun Omoniyi, the idea of the league is commendable, as it would afford the players the chance to test might among one another in a competitive atmosphere.

“I think I am so excited about the league because it is not going to be a one-off competition but a continue tournament that will allow the players to improve in each match. Also it will give the national coaches the opportunity to unearth new talents for the country. I am eagerly looking forward to the commencement of the league,” Omoniyi said.

However, there are plans to give more states the opportunity to compete at the championship, as most states are yet to complete the final process that confirms their eligibility.

According to the NTTF, the league will involve players across Nigeria and it is meant to give new players the opportunity to make national junior teams and work their way into the senior team.

The tournament will serve off from March 29 to April 8 at the National Training Centre in National Stadium while the grand finale which is known as Super League will hold on May 14 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Each state across Nigeria is expected to present two boys and two girls while the top eight players in the boys and girls event will qualify for the Super League.

According to the prospectus of the tournament, states wishing to participate will register with the NTTF, while only the first 20 boys’ teams and the first 16 girls’ teams to register for the League shall be accepted to participate while only players registered by states, which are affiliated to the NTTF, are eligible to participate.

All players shall hold the current NTTF Player’s License, which must be produced on demand.

Quadri, Meshref Emerge Top Seeds At Lagos ITTF World Tour

 Aruna-QuadriAs the highest world-rated players listed for the competition, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Egypt’s Dina Meshref have been seeded the top players in the men and women singles events of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour tagged Lagos Open.

In the seeding list released by the world table tennis ruling body, ITTF, Quadri, who is rated 32 in the world rankings, is seeded number one while his arch-rival and defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar is seeded number two while Assar’s compatriot, Mohammed El-Beiali is number three.

The absence of Nigeria’s Segun Toriola may have paved the way for El-Beiali, who defeated Quadri in the quarterfinal stage of the ITTF Africa Senior Championships to be seeded number three in the tournament.

Also listed in the top eight seeding list of the men’s singles are Portugal’s Andre Silva, Nigeria’s Boboye Oyeniyan, Egypt’s Khalid Assar, Nigeria’s Ojo Onaolapo and Togo’s Mawussi Agbetoglo.

Last year’s runner up and ITTF Africa Senior Championship winner, Dina Meshref leads the women’s top four seeding list. Nigeria’s Funke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong are seeded two and three respectively while Russia’s Irina Ermakova is seeded fourth.

In the U-21 seeding, defending champion in the boys’ category, Nigeria’s Ojo Onaolapo, is seeded number one, while other players listed in the top four seeding list are Egypt’s duo of Shady Magdy and Mahmoud Fathy as well as Nigeria’s Italy based Olajide Omotayo.

Egypt dominated the girls’ U-21 seedings with 20 year-old Meshref topping the seeding list. Her compatriots, Fatma Alaa and Yousra Helmy, also made the list while Funke Hassan is the only Nigerian in the top four seeding.