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.

2014 NTTF President’s Cup Postponed

Table tennis rackets and ballFollowing the political activities going on in Nigeria, particularly in Lagos State, the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) have postponed the maiden President’s Cup to December 17 and 18 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The change in date was inevitable, as the venue will also be hosting other events this week.   Top 16 players within and outside the country will feature at the tournament which will also be used to honour outstanding players and officials this year.

According to a release from NTTF, the tournament is aimed at inspiring the players as well as puting them in good shape for the major competitions in 2015. The players listed for the 1.8 million Naira prize money tournament are expected to arrive for the competition on December 16.
In the prospectus released by the organisers, the 16 men singles and the 16 women singles players shall be drawn into four groups of four players in each group.

The matches will be played in a round robin format with the top two players progressing to the next stage of the championship. The top eight players will also be drawn into two groups of four each with the top two from each group advancing to the semifinal stage.

On the eligibility of the players, the organisers said: “The NTFF Technical Committee shall determine the other criteria for invitation which shall include for each event, but not limited to available top four Nigerians in the current world rankings as well as performances during the year 2014. Only players registered by clubs which are affiliated to their state association and or the NTTF are eligible”.

They added: “All players shall hold the current NTTF Player’s License, which must be produced on demand. Invited players shall complete an acceptance form which shall be forwarded to the Secretary General on or before the close of acceptance which shall be 2.00pm on Tuesday December 9, 2014. All unaccepted invitations shall be extended to players in the ‘reserved List’”.

Every player listed for the competition will be receive cash reward while the star prize winner will go home with 250,000 Naira.