Ahead of 2017 ITTF Africa Junior Championships: Tunisia dares Nigeria, Egypt

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Despite acknowledging the superiority of Nigeria and Egypt in Africa, National Technical Director of Tunisia Table Tennis Federation (TTTF), Ramzi Mabrouk believes they are going to ‘rock the boat’ against the superpowers at this year’s ITTF Africa Junior and Cadet Championship in April.
Having produced teenage sensations duo of Omar Ammous and Bourass Aboubaker that have put the North African country in a vantage position in Africa, Mabrouk is optimistic that it would not be business as usual for Nigeria and Egypt in Tunis when the AJC serves off on April 9.
“Undeniably, Egypt is the best table tennis nation in Africa. It has an important and historical Table Tennis culture. It also has financial and human resources made available to its federation to achieve the highest international level. Nigeria is not far away. It has great champions for several dozen years playing in iconic clubs in Europe. Tunisia had always been behind these two nations. Sometimes we were able to overtake them on some youth competitions. But it never lasted. Today we start a new cycle and we changed our strategy in order to being competitive and catch up. I hope to get there at the end of this Olympiad,” he said.
Mabrouk, who will coordinate the Tunisia coaching crew during the tournament, admitted they cannot continue to play second fiddle in the continent. “We hope to win continental titles in different categories of the championship and we are working very diligently to arrive at that result. The Tunisian National Table Tennis Team has been preparing for this competition for a few months. We are in intensive training camps and we will participate in some international competitions in order to finally be ready on D-Day. Tunisia of course is one of the favourite countries for titles, as well as Egypt and Nigeria too. They have a lot of young talent very promising, in boys and girls too. Also, table tennis in Tunisia is increasingly popular, with a greater media presence, and a wider practice throughout the country,” he added.

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