Egypt’s Assar Beats Quadri To Win 2018 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup In Kenya
Egyptian top seed, Omar Assar took a revenge by beating bitter rival, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri in the final of the 2018 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday.
Beaten in the final of the 2017 ITTF-African Cup one year ago in Agadir, the Egyptian turned the tables in Nairobi on Saturday by defeating the Nigerian table tennis star.
In the title deciding contest in the Moroccan city he lost to Quadri by the minimal two point margin in a closely contested seven games encounter (11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9); at the 2018 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup.
In a contest that likewise went the full a narrow victory was secured (12.10, 11-8, 3-11, 13-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8). The win means that Omar Assar gains an invitation to compete in the Liebherr 2018 Men’s World Cup to be staged in October in Paris.
It will be the third time that he has competed in the prestigious annual event; he was present in 2015 in the Swedish west coast city of Halmstad and last year in Saarbrücken.
Top spot for Egypt, it was also third place for the North African country; Ahmed Ali Saleh beat Saheed Idowu to secure the bronze medal position.
Fifth position finished in the hands of Nigeria’s Segun Toriola; next in the order of merit came Algeria’s Sami Kherouf followed by Tunisia’s Thameur Mamia and Ghana’s Derek Abfrefa.