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Nigeria claims 6 medals at ITTF Africa Youth Championship

Team Nigeria has won a total of six medals at the just concluded ITTF youth championship in Tunisia. The team claimed three gold, two silver…

Team Nigeria has won a total of six medals at the just concluded ITTF youth championship in Tunisia.

The team claimed three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

Nigeria’s Taiwo Mati defeated Gamal Marwan of Egypt 4-1 to win the U-19 boys’ title.

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It was a one-sided affair as the Nigerian proved to be too good for his Egyptian counterpart.

In the U-19 doubles final, it was an all-Nigerian affair as Samuel Boboye and Mati Taiwo emerged winners in a 3-2 win against Kuti Matthew and Muiz Adegoke.

Likewise, Mati, Boboye, and Adegoke crushed Egypt’s Marwan Gamal, Mohamed Azzam, and Moamen Salah El Din 3-1 in the final to guarantee gold in the U-19 boy’s group.

Notwithstanding, Nigeria lost to Egypt in the U-15 boy’s final. The group consisting of Kuti Matthew, Mustapha, and Musa Mustapha lost 3-1 to the Egyptian side. 

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s U-19 team had earlier secured their slot at the World Youth Championships after beating Egypt 3-1 in the final of the team event.

The continental youth championships made a return in Tunis since the last edition held in Accra, Ghana in 2019 following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), the tournament serves as qualifiers for the World Youth Championships taking place later in the year in the same venue in Tunisia.