Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna reclaims ITTF Africa Cup after four losses


Aruna easily defeated Mohamed Al-Biyali with a 4-0 (11-5, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3) victory to emerge as the new African Cup champion after losing the title to Egyptian Omar Assar in 2018.

Nigeria's Quadri Aruna dominated the men's final with a 4-0 thumping of Egypt's Mohamed El Bialy to record his first win in the FIFA Africa Cup of Nations after four defeats.

Arona, the first seed, easily defeated Al-Masry with a score of 4-0 (11-5, 11-6, 12-10, 11-3) to emerge as the new African Cup champion after losing the title to Egyptian Omar Assar in 2018. 2018.

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“I'm glad I did my best” – Aruna

Aruna highlighted his perseverance and Rwanda's hospitality, adding that he was happy that he gave his best during the competition.

The world number 19 said: “There has never been an easy win in any competition, and I am happy that I did my best and my best effort led to the victory.” It has always been in me to never give up, even when I feel down, and I am happy that all my hard work paid off with the win. “I must commend Rwanda for providing good facilities and hospitality to us players, and I look forward to returning to this beautiful country.”


After winning the first round, Aruna faced Lee Sang-soo of South Korea in a thrilling second round encounter, with the world number 19 Nigerian dominating the early stages, winning the first two matches by scores of 11-9 each.


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Egyptian Dina Meshref dominated the women's singles competitions after overcoming a 2-0 deficit to defeat her compatriot Mariam Al-Hodabi 4-3 to become the new champion of the African Cup after losing in the last two editions in the final.

The Egyptians described the victory as decisive, as it secured its first African Cup title since 2020.

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She said: “I am happy that I was able to return, especially since I returned from the injury I suffered before the tournament. I must thank my family and my mother who sacrificed to be with me in Rwanda. “It was a tough win for me here in the beautiful country of Rwanda, and I will cherish this moment for a very long time to come.”

More than 50 competing athletes will now set their sights on the African Olympic Qualifying Championship, which will begin on May 16.



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