Table Tennis: Dina Meshref eager to dethrone Oshonaike in Mauritius

Dina Meshref
Dina Meshref is aiming to reclaim her title in Mauritius
Dina Meshref
Dina Meshref is aiming to reclaim her title in Mauritius

It was in Agadir, Morocco that Egypt’s Dina Meshref surrendered her title to veteran Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria at the 2016 ITTF African Championship. But this year in Mauritius, the African Games champion is eager to reclaim her title and also enjoy the beautiful Island.

“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.

The 2018 African Top 16 Cup winner added: “”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.”

Not ready in shape for the contest but Dina Meshref said: “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.”

She is hopeful of clean sweep by the Egyptian team. “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.”

Meanwhile, Funke Oshonaike spoke about her motivation in table tennis after the recently concluded 2018 ITTF Seamater Challenge Nigeria Open that took place at the Alexdraza Molade Okoya Thomas Gynasium in Lagos. she said;

“I love table game. I am still enjoying it. it is because my kids are still encouraging me. I have a lot of wonderful people around me …”


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