ITTF Africa Cup: Ping Pong 'Big boys' had a smooth ride to knockout stage in Lagos
They are considered title contenders and they showed that they are in for business; this was reflected on Day One of the ITTF Africa Cup as top seeds – Quadri Aruna, Ahmed Saleh, Omar Assar, Mariam Alhodaby, Hana Goda and Dina Meshref enjoyed a smooth ride to the knockout stage of the three-day tournament taking place at Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium. Toast of the home fans Aruna was not really tested in his group as he recorded 3-0 wins over Senegal’s Hamidou Sow and Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu. Saleh was made to work harder for his victory over Cameroon’s Ylane Batix. However, Olufunke Oshonaike was tested by Tunisian teenager Maram Zoghlami with the match ending 3-2 (11-26, 6-11, 12-14, 11-5, 11-5) to book a spot in the last 16. read also:Transfer window: Bassey next on Gerrard’s agenda as Aston Villa seal Carlos deal Nigeria’s duo of Olajide Omotayo and Bode Abiodun secured their places and they will be joined in the last 16 by Egypt’s Mohammed El-Beiali.
Despite exciting matches in the first round, there were no upsets as most of the top seeds progressed to the knockout round of the championships. Meanwhile, the ongoing ITTF Africa Cup will be live-streamed for spectators around the world. The tournament serves as a qualifier for this year’s World Table Tennis (WTT) Cup Finals. The idea of live streaming matches at the tournament was conceived during a productive meeting between ITTF Africa and the management of India-based global sports tech, Stupa Sports Analytics, according to ITTF Africa, President Khaled El-Salhy. read also:Ibrahima Konate returns to his roots for Champions League final The ITTF Africa Cup is the company’s first official tournament in Africa to be live-streamed.
“We are really thrilled about this development because it will allow fans in Africa and around the world to see their favorite African players as matches from all seven tables will be live-streamed to the entire world on the Stupa platforms. “We are very delighted to begin the first phase of our strategic cooperation with ITTF Africa in order to increase worldwide access to African table tennis. “We truly appreciate the board of ITTF Africa’s support for the project and their interest in giving the sport in Africa a modern shape,” Gambhir added. The 2022 ITTF Africa Cup will be broadcast live on the Stupa mobile application throughout the day and all of the tables will be covered real-time.
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