Egypt’s Dina Meshref hopes to dethrone current women’s singles title holder and veteran Nigerian female table tennis star, Olufunke Oshonaike at the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) African Championship in Mauritius, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The 2018 ITTF African Championship in Mauritius kicks off on Monday 3rd September and ends on Sunday 9th September.
Meshref lost the women’s singles title to Oshonaike in the finals of the 2016 edition in Agadir, Morocco. The Egyptian lost 4-2 (7-11, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11) in a nail-biting and thrilling encounter.
“I hope I can perform well in Mauritius and win there, I also am looking forward to having a nice time and enjoying the games,” she said in an interview with the ITTF.
“I am not the defending champion as I lost in the final in the last African Championship in Morocco 2016, but I hope I can win the title this time. I think it’s going to be quite competitive; there are many good players in Africa.”
“I am still preparing at the moment, so I still cannot say I am ready now, but hopefully I will be ready by the time the competition approaches.”
“I hope I can win the teams’, doubles’, mixed doubles’, and singles’ titles. Of course, there are many good players in Africa. I think that the Egyptian teams will be well prepared for the competition and hopefully could win all titles.”