NAROBI, (Xinhua) --
Nairobi will host the best 32 table tennis stars
from 14 African nations on Thursday for the International Table
Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Top 16 Cup.
Kenyan players Brian
Mutua and Sejal Thakkar have their work cut out for them as they
launch their title hunts against Saheed Idowu from Congo and
Katia Kessaci from Algeria respectively.
Sejal will be the
first Kenyan on the floor against Oshonaike Olufunke of Nigeria,
Kessaci Katia of Algeria and Christy Brustol of Seychelles.
mother of two will be using the tournament as part of her
preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Games.
Among the array of
stars in Nairobi are world number 16 and 22 - Egypt’s Omar Assar
and Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri. Joining them will be seven-time
Olympian Segun Toriola of Nigeria.
Already the 16 men
and 16 women have been drawn into four groups of four with the
top two players advancing to the knockout stage.
Kenya’s Table Tennis
Association (KTTA) President Andrew Mudibo said all preparations
have been complete and hope the best players will emerge
“We have the top
players from Africa and this event will help in the preparations
for the Commonwealth Games,” said Mudibo on Thursday in Nairobi.
Among the countries
that have sent in their players include Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt
and South Africa.