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Aruna, Assar To Renew Rivalry in Nairobi

by Silverbird News24

Quadri Aruna and Omar Assar will again take their rivalry to Nairobi, Kenya when the 2023 Africa Cup kicks off May 4 to 6 at Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Kenya.

Aruna, who missed out on the title in 2022 after suffering a thigh injury in the final to concede the title to Assar at 4-3, will be hoping to reclaim the title following his recent form at international tournaments across the globe.

Aruna, presently ranked 12th in the world, is the highest-ranked African in the world while Assar is rated 33rd and the second-best-rated African.

Current African best-ranked female player, Dina Meshref is in fine form following her display at the just concluded WTT Champions in China and will be up against compatriot and defending champion Hana Goda, who claimed her first continental title in Lagos last year.

Each participating country is expected to present two players each in the men’s and women’s events while Egypt, the defending champions will nominate two players alongside the two champions.

Kenya as host will present four players each in men’s and women’s events while Brian Mutua will lead the East African team against the visitors.

The organisers of the tournament, Kenya Table Tennis Association have assured of a top-class event having staged the same event in 2018.

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