ITTF WC: EARLY EXITS FOR NIGERIA AND EGYPT IN TOKYO

Africa’s representatives at the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Team World Cup in Tokyo, Nigeria and Egypt, have been eliminated after both losing their two first-round games.

Having lost 3-0 in the first game against China, the Nigerians came into the make-or-mar game against Chinese Taipei knowing only a win would secure a second-round spot for them.

However, they were outdone by the excellent performance of Yun-Ju Lin, the 10th-ranked player in the world, as Chinese Taipei took the final second-round ticket with a 3-1 win.

In similar fashion, Egypt were also beaten in the women’s category by Ukraine. The African champions had lost 3-0 in their first game, and though Dina Meshref put up a good performance, it was not enough to save them from a first-round exit, as they lost 3-1 to the Europeans.

World Champions China strolled over the United States of America (USA) with a 3-0 win to reach the semi-final of the competition while Japan also beat Germany 3-1 in the other quarter-final of the men’s event. 

The rest of the games will be played on November 8 while the competition itself will come to an end on Sunday, November 10.

The ITTF Team World Cup is a 12-team competition that features various continental champions and top-ranked teams in the world. It is also a dress rehearsal ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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