By James Agberebi:
Nigeria’s men and women’s teams have qualified for the 2016 International Table Tennis Federation’s World Team Table Tennis Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation says in a release that the competition runs from February 28 to March 6. The Nigerian team will compete alongside 93 other countries.
The Nigerian women’s team are ranked 37th in the latest world rankings by the ITTF while their men’s counterparts are 29th.
And according to the ITTF, the rankings are based on the performances of the countries in their continental competitions and qualification tournaments.
Nigeria and Egypt who are the only African countries that made the list of 46 teams that qualified automatically, qualified based on their performances at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo.
Other African countries expected to be in Malaysia are Algeria, Congo, DR Congo, Ghana, Morocco, Togo and Tunisia in the men’s event while Algeria, Angola, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritius and South Africa will compete in the women’s team events.
These countries made the tournament due to their performances at the various continental events in 2015.