Lithuania, Cameroun, Senegal join the fray for Lagos International Table Tennis Classics
The list of foreign players and teams confirming their participation has increased further as the trio of Lithuania, Cameroun and Senegal joined the growing list of participants in the first Lagos International Table Tennis Classics.
According to Main Organising Committee (MOC) of the tournament, Lithuania’s flag will be hoisted one of its national players, Matas Skucas.
Also, the Secretary General of Cameroun Table Tennis Association, Moutien Eugene, who listed the quartet of Emmanuel Ngwe Nikeng, Jague Ken Jiotsa, Nguepi Euidioum Dimitri and Ndikum Asaah Prosper for the tournament, has confirmed Cameroun participation. The team will compete in the senior and junior events.
For Senegal, it was the President of the country’s table tennis federation, L. O. Balla that confirmed the team’s intention to the MOC. Balla listed the duo of Hamidou Sow and Dame Ndiaye Junio for the singles and doubles events, while the teams will be coached Mamadou Salif Niang.
However, the President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, was hopeful that Nigeria would stage a befitting tournament.
“It seems the event will be of a remarkable success due to value of entries and approved ranking validity. With Nigeria hosting such tournament, I want to say that it is going to create a good image for the game in Africa and a good platform for players to improve themselves,” the ATTF boss said.
El-Salhy was thrilled with the quality of players that the tournament has attracted, saying, and “It shows the quality of the organization put together by the MOC.
On plans to consider Nigeria for major ITTF competition in 2014, he said: “Yes for sure that Nigeria can host ITTF tournament and we are discussing this for 2014, maybe the second edition of the Lagos Classics is going to be part of ITTF World Tour in 2014.”
He admitted that the Classics would surely afforded Nigerian players to showcase their talents. “They (Nigerian players) have traditional strength, and for sure they will try to use the chance of playing at home to gain more experience and ranking.”