Nigeria will probably be internet hosting the second version of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Western Region Challenge scheduled to happen in Lagos State from November 1-4th 2021.
About 14 different African nations may even compete.
The match which serves as a platform to achieve regional rating may have Nigeria staking its pedigree within the area in opposition to groups like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Senegal, Togo, Gambia, Liberia, Gambia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Niger Republic, and Sierra Leone.
According to the Regional Vice President ITTF AFRICA West, Ferdinand Sounou, the match is the primary regional competitors to be staged amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with all eyes on Nigeria to stage a befitting match identical to it has been a number one nation organising an elite match within the continent.
Sounou who can also be the President of Benin Table Tennis Federation stated: “I think this regional tournament has come well in order to liven up the region a little because, in 2019, Lagos should have organised until it was moved to Abidjan. This is just the first regional tournament after my election last June and it is normal that we start the activities of the region from Nigeria which is a great table tennis nation within the region.”
The chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Wahid Enitan Oshodi is optimistic the match will present a superb platform for gamers to check themselves in opposition to each other. Oba Oba Kizitio of Cote d’Ivoire and Fatimo Bello of Nigeria are the defending champions in women and men singles and will probably be hoping to retain their titles.
Oshodi believes the inclusion of crew and doubles occasions would make the match aggressive.
“I imagine that is one other likelihood for the gamers to compete on the regional stage being the second version after the maiden version in 2019 in Abidjan.
“Lagos is able to welcome high gamers from the area and we’re hopeful that we will stage the match with all of the covid-19 protocol in place for groups and gamers.
“It promises to be exciting as the Molade Okoya-Thomas of Teslim Balogun Stadium will come alive for the best of table tennis again this year. We are looking forward to an exciting tournament,” he concluded.