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Egypt Secures Titles At 2018 Africa Top 16 Cup

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Both the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles gold medals were awarded to Egyptian athletes at the 2018 Africa Top 16 Cup competition with Omar Assar and Dina Meshref enjoying successful campaigns in Nairobi, Kenya.

Omar Assar accounted for Quadri Aruna in the Men’s Singles gold medal match, defeating the Nigerian star in a seven game thriller (12-10, 11-8, 3-11, 13-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8) to book his spot at the 2018 Men’s World Cup set to be staged in Paris in October.

“It is unbelievable for me to win this tournament and it came at the right time I needed my confidence after starting the year not too well at the Hungarian Open and in the German Bundesliga. There has been a lot of pressure on me after moving clubs. I think winning this will restore my confidence… I also think Aruna played very well and he deserved to win as well. This final was a good showcase for Africa and I am happy that we have such a level of competition in Africa with quality players.” – Omar Assar

Over in the Women’s Singles final Dina Meshref proved too strong for Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou (11-2, 11-4, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8) and has qualified for the 2018 Women’s World Cup as a result of her victory at the Africa Top 16 Cup.

“I am happy that my dream of making it to the ITTF World Cup has become a reality because that tournament is special to me. Against Sarah, I was quite calm and I thought clearly before making any tactical decisions. I did not really expect her to give me a tough time but after the first two games, she played well and raised her game. I must commend her for putting up a good performance.” – Dina Meshref

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