Nigeria and Egypt are top seeds in the battle for the continent’s sole slot in the men and women events for ITTF African Championship, ahead of 2019 Tokyo World Team Cup. The event will kick off on September 3 in Mauritius.
The men’s teams have been drawn into two groups, while the women are also in two groups, with the top teams advancing to the knockout stages.
In the men’s draw, Nigeria has been drawn in Group One, alongside Mauritius and Congo DRC, while Egypt is in Group Two with South Africa, Seychelles and Madagascar. Group Three has Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Angola and Togo.
In the women’s grouping, Egypt has been drawn in Group One against Mauritius, South Africa and Angola. Group Two has Nigeria, Algeria, Congo DRC, Seychelles and Madagascar.
The winners of men and women team events are expected to be the continent’s flagbearers at the global championship in Japan, as a test run event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Overall, 22 African countries will compete for the sole slot in men and women event. The teams Include hosts, Mauritius, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Gabon, Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroun, Somalia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Madagascar, Togo, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Djibouti, Comoros, Libya, Eritrea and Congo DRC.
The competition will adopt the round robin method, to determine group leaders.