Nigeria’s Mustapha ranked the world’s number one cadet player

Nigeria’s Mustapha ranked world’s number one cadet player

Musa Mustapha - No. 1 U-11 Player in the world
Nigeria’s teenage table tennis sensation Musa Mustapha has been ranked world’s best in the boys’ U-11 by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). With this development, Mustapha has become the second African to be rated number one in the world after Hana Goda was in 2020 named the best U-15 girls in the world. The Abuja-based Mustapha was part of the Nigerian team that won the 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit in Ghana and the world table tennis ruling body has also been monitoring the player in the last three years after he made his senior debut at the 2018 Nigeria Open in Lagos.
Musa Mustapha - No. 1 U-11 Player in the world

In the ranking list released by ITTF, Mustapha with 128 points is number one U-11 while he is also ranked 17th in the U-13 category while his brother Mustapha was rated 18th in the same cadre.

The Al-Faizun Junior Academy student is expected to be part of the World Youth Series taking place later this year in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

National junior champion Taiwo Matti is also ranked 12th and 64th in the U-17 and U-19 world rankings respectively.

According to ITTF, the newly formed WTT Youth Series replaces the ITTF World Junior Circuit and now complemented by the new ranking regulations, being the first step in the whole sport pathway that will drive today’s most promising young talent towards the pinnacle of the sport.

Portugal will host the first-ever WTT Youth Series event, with the inaugural WTT Youth Contender to take place in Vila Real from Tuesday 11 to Monday 17th May. It will be the first youth event to be held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

Breaking News: Aruna gets a bye to the second round of WTT Star Contender

WTT Star Contender: Aruna gets a bye to the second round

Aruna QUADRI

Following his quarterfinal finish at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender Series last week, Quadri Aruna has been given a bye to the second of the men’s of WTT Star Contender which began at the weekend.

Aruna who was beaten 3-1 by Chinese Taipei’s Yun-Ju Lin in the quarterfinal may likely square up against Japanese sensation Harimoto Tomokazu in the third round if he scales through from the second round. He is expected to begin his campaign on Tuesday, March 9.

Olajide Omotayo
Olajide OMOTAYO - African Champion

However, Olajide Omotayo failed to make it beyond the first stage of the preliminary round of the WTT. Star Contender taking place in Doha, Qatar.

Drawn against Portugal’s Joao Geraldo in the second stage of the preliminary round, Omotayo who made it to the second stage of the preliminary round of the WTT Contender Series played his heart out against the Portuguese who was beaten by Quadri Aruna in the last 16 of the WTT Contender Series last week.

From the start of the encounter, it was as if Omotayo was going to take his Portuguese counterpart to the cleaner after winning the first game at 11-8, but his opponent did not come unprepared as he won the second game at 11-4.

Again Omotayo restored his lead with a close 14-12 win in the third game while the win did not last for long before Geraldo leveled up in the fourth game at 11-3.

To prevent what happened to him against Omotayo’s compatriot Aruna last week, the Portuguese star led the fifth game from the start and this he followed through to win at 11-8 and complete a 3-2 victory over the Nigerian.

The defeat has cut short the stay of Omotayo in Doha is the only route for him to remain in the competition.

Meanwhile, the performance of Aruna in the WTT Contender Series continued to be applauded across Africa as the President of the African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy praised the Nigerian for putting Africa on the world map. “I am particularly impressed with what Aruna achieved in the WTT Contender Series being the first official WTT tournament and an African is getting to the quarterfinal amidst an array of stars that featured in the competition.

“He was also unlucky in the quarterfinal against the Asian star. This is another good outing from Aruna whose performance would continue to inspire African players and open doors for them to play professionally in Europe. I hope and believe he can do well again in the WTT Star Contender this week,” the ATT boss said.

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

Breaking News: Aruna zooms to the second round

WTT: Aruna progresses, battles Portuguese star in second round

Aruna Quadri

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna remains the only surviving African player at the first official  World Table Tennis (WTT) Tournament taking place in Doha after he defeated Indian national champion  Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-8) to berth in the second round of the men’s singles.

The way and manner the Nigerian dismissed the newly-crowned Indian national champion confirmed the quality of Aruna again as he dominated the match from the start to the end.

The win came like a wild-wind to the Indian superstar who had boasted of his readiness to send the Nigerian packing in the first round. But he was silent by the defeat which came as a surprise even to his coach who was behind him throughout the encounter.

An elated Aruna described the win as awesome. “I am happy because everything seems to work well for me in the match. I had taken my time to study his game and everything I picked worked well for me in the encounter. I am looking forward to the next match and I hope to approach every match with all seriousness,”Aruna said after the match.

With this win, Aruna will now face a familiar face in Portugal’s Joao Geraldo who had a walk-over over Slovakia’s Yang Wang who was disqualified for breaking COVID-19 protocol put in place by the organisers.

In the women’s singles, it was not a good outing for six-time African women champion Dina Meshref of Egypt as she was beaten by Korea Republic’s Hyowon Suh 3-1 (12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5).

Meshref and Omar Assar are still in the race in the mixed doubles event of the championship.

The $200,000 prize money WTT Star Contender events will take place over six days and WTT Contender events will deliver four days of action, with each event featuring men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions.

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

Nigeria’s Obi-Farinde gets ITTF Tribunal job

Nigeria’s Obi-Farinde gets ITTF Tribunal job

Morenike Obi-Farinde

Nigeria’s experienced Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner, Morenike Obi-Farinde has been appointed into the pioneer seven-man Tribunal of the world table tennis ruling body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

With this development, Obi-Farinde who is bringing three decades of legal practice and two decades as an ADR practitioner to the ITTF Tribunal will be the first African and Nigerian to be appointed as a member of the pioneer ITTF Tribunal.

She is a member of the Nigeria Olympic Committee’s (NOC) Ethics and Governance Commission and a legal practitioner in areas including sports law and dispute resolution.

Speaking on her new role, Obi-Farinde, who is a multi-disciplinary practitioner excelling in contentious and non-contentious matters said: “It is an opportunity to add my Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) experience and skills of about three decades in the legal profession in sports governance and administration in general and Table Tennis in particular. The newly created ITTF Integrity Unit as well as the ITTF Tribunal will improve the Disciplinary process and procedure within the ITTF.”

“As an inaugural member of the ITTF Tribunal and working with the other members under the direction of the Tribunal Chair, my understanding of the global approach to conflict resolution, I believe will be of immense benefit to the Federation,” she added.

The Independent Tribunal members according to ITTF have two-year term and they are expected to play a central role in ensuring the effective provision of dispute resolution services for sports participants, support personnel and sporting organisations internationally, forming a diverse panel of independent arbitrators, legal and subject matter experts that may be called upon on a case-by-case basis.

The Tribunal will be chaired by Jorge Ibarrola of Switzerland, while other members include Lau Kok Keng (Singapore), Sally Clark (England), Anna Smirnova (Russia), Olivier Ducrey (Switzerland) and Faisal Hasnain (Pakistan) as well as Nigeria’s Obi-Farinde.

The Tribunal was inaugurated on Monday February 8 in the presence of ITTF President Thomas Weikert; Secretary General Raul Calin; ITTF Nomination Committee Chairman Wahid Enitan Oshodi as well as ITTF Legal Counsel Dylan Mah.

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

Aruna 2 (1)

African Table Tennis Federation

Quarterly News Letter

The Novel Coronavirus has brought the world to its knees. Causing suspension of major events around the globe. For this reason, the African Table Tennis Federation has decided to publish a newsletter every quarter to inform player, coaches and administrators of happenings in the game on the African continent .

These are some of the highlights of this quarters newsletter:

  • The president of ATTF remarks.
  • Mohamed Saleh still up for the game at the age of 41.
  • Excitement envelops Africa over Duban 2023.
  • 2020 ITTF virtual AGM.
  • Top 20 men and women in African Table Tennis.
  • The golden rules of the serve.
  • Kenyan computer scientist in search of global glory.
  • Quadri Aruna lifts Nigerian Paralympians in the Tokyo Olympic medal bid.
  • African stars relish restart experience in China.


To find out more kindly download the newsletter

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African Table Tennis Federation

Aruna 2 (1)

Breaking News

Breaking News

Aruna, Omotayo, others for WTT tournaments in Qatar

Quadri Aruna and Olajide Omotayo are among the top African stars listed for the first official events of the World Table Tennis (WTT) in Qatar on March 3 to 13.

The two events which have $600,000 as prize money will take place at Lusail Sports Arena in Doha.

According to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), the Middle East Hub will feature two tiers of the new WTT event structure with WTT Contender Doha kick-starting the tournament before players move onto the first WTT Star Contender event the following week, providing the perfect preparation for some of the world’s leading stars to be challenged by the best up-and-coming athletes in table tennis.

Aruna who is the highest-rated African in the world ranked 21 will join world-class talent set to light up Doha in the men’s events such as Xu Xin (China, world-ranked 2), Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan, WR 5), Hugo Calderano (Brazil, WR 6) and Lin Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei, WR 7). Other elite players taking to the table, including Mattias Falck (Sweden, WR 8), Jang Woojin (Korea Republic, WR 11), and Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany, WR 12) in the men’s draw.

However, Omotayo, Taiwo Mati, and Nurudeen Hassan have been listed to compete in the qualifiers for WTT Contender Doha from February 28 to March 2 with successful players listed for the main event on March 3 to 6.

Omotayo is expected to fight for a place in the main event from the qualifiers while Mati and Hassan are among the reserve players to be considered after the list of players has been finalized by the organizers.

Aruna is one of the top 10 players in the world listed for the two events that will start his campaigns from the main event of the championships.

The WTT Contender event will feature a singles main draw of 32 players per gender and 16-pair doubles per gender and in the mixed doubles. The qualifying draw will feature 96 players per gender in the singles and 32 pairs in the mixed doubles with $200,000 as prize money.

The qualifying round of the WTT Star Contender Doha will commence on March 6 to 7 while the main event will hold from March 8 to 13.

The WTT Star Contender event will consist of a singles main draw of 48 players per gender and 16-pair doubles per gender and in the mixed doubles. The qualifying draw will feature 64 players per gender in the singles and 32 pairs in the mixed doubles while the prize money is $400,000.

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation

Emmanuel Asante Excels in 2020

Emmanuel Asante Excels in 2020

Emmanuel Kwasi Asante

The year 2020 has come to an end and would be remembered as one of the years in which the world saw lots of lives being lost to the Novel Coronavirus.

However, before Covid-19 times were normal and the Ghana Table Tennis Association organized its first tournament of the year, The Chairmans Cup in February. The event was a success which saw players from different age categories competing in various divisions.

Emmanuel Kwesi Asante a player of the Ghana Immigration Service, who played in the senior category and represented Ghana in the last Common Wealth games put up a splendid performance to emerge as the third-best player in the senior division. He lost to the eventual winner, Emmanuel Commey of Ghana Immigration Service, in a keenly contested semi-final match.

Emmanuel Kwasi Asante
E. K. Asante - Third place award presented by E.A Quaye former African Champion

In spite of the global pandemic and the down-sizing of sporting activities, Emmanuel K. Asante did not rest on his laurels. He got himself busy by participating in Ping Pong For Peace, on the 27th of November in Takoradi.  The tournament organized by NK Foundation in conjunction with Ping Sans Frontieres, aimed at preaching peace ahead of the 2020 general elections in Ghana.

E.K Asante did not disappoint, he won the tournament, by defeating Romeo Ansah Carl by three games to one ( 3 – 1 ).

Hungry for success and wanting to prove himself as the best player in the Eastern region of Ghana, E.K Asante participated in the AFRINTO 2020 championship. This was an open tournament organized by the New Juaben Table Tennis Club, with sponsorship from Nana Yaw Boateng a former Ghana national player based in Australia, and his friends.

The tournament saw players from across the length and breadth of the country, participating in several age categories. Emmanuel K. Asante once again emerged as the champion of the senior’s division when he defeated James Marfo, three games to 1 ( 3: 1 ) in the final.

We at GH. Table Tennis would like to congratulate Emmanuel Kwesi Asante for a good job done in 2020. 2021 is upon us and we seek the guidance of the Good Lord in finding a lasting solution to the pandemic, in order for our sports to return to normalcy.

ITTF re-appoints Oshodi as Chairman of Nomination Committee

2020 ITTF World Cup: Toriola, Oshonaike tip Aruna Quadri to excel in China

Wahid Enitan Oshodi - Chairman of ITTF Nomination Committee

For his sterling display coupled with his exceptional leadership style, the Executive Committee of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has reappointed Nigeria’s Wahid Enitan Oshodi as the Chairman of its Nomination Committee for another term of office.

In a statement signed by ITTF Secretary General, Raul Calin, the composition of the Nominations Committee chaired by Oshodi for the term 2020-2022 was confirmed at the ITTF Executive Committee meeting held on Monday December 21 2020.

Oshodi, Vice President, ITTF Africa Western Region rose from being a member of the committee as the first Nigerian and African to chair the highest committee in the world body is expected to serve for another two-year term (2020-2022) with most of its former members returning with the exception of one new member who is joining the team for the first time.

Oshodi, a former president of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and the brain behind Africa’s elite table tennis tournament, ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open will lead the six-man committee with Qatar’s Abdulla Al-Mulla as his deputy while other members of the committee are Sandra Deaton (England), Andreas Georgiou (Cyprus), Lofti Guerfel (Tunisia) and Kook-Hee An (Korea Republic).

ITTF President, Thomas Weikert and ITTF CEO Steve Dainton as well as Presidents of the Continental Federations and Executive Committee as Masahiro Maehara (Japan) as part of the Ex-officio members in the committee.

The President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) Khaled El-Salhy described Oshodi’s re-appointment as a plus to Africa.

“I have the great pleasure to congratulate you on behalf of all my colleagues of ATTF Executive Council (EC) for the full trust from ITTF EC to renew your assignment as the Chairman of the ITTF Nominations Committee for the coming period (2020-2022). Such congratulation is not only for you personally but also for all Africa to secure such an important mission in favour of our continent due to your great efforts and hard work in all fields as usual,” he said.

For the Secretary General, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Olabanji Oladapo, the reappointment of Oshodi was a confirmation of the confidence of members of ITTF Board.

“Congratulations on your re-appointment as the chairman of the high ranking ITTF Nomination Committee. Being the only African nominated to this position, your appointment confirmed the confidence members of the ITTF Board have in your extraordinary performance in the position. May God continue to direct you in all your undertakings; I wish you well,” Oladapo said.

An excited President of NTTF Ishaku Tikon described Oshodi’s re-appointment as a confirmation of his exceptional leadership trait particularly his immense contribution to the sport in Nigeria and the continent. 

“I am not surprised that my predecessor was reappointed again as the chairman of the highest body in ITTF and this is a confirmation of his depository of knowledge coupled with his efforts at regional and continental levels which have been recognized globally by the table tennis family. This is also a good development for Nigeria having its own at the helm of the sport in the world,” Tikon said.

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Quadri Aruna lifts Paralympians to Tokyo 2021

Quadri Aruna lifts Paralympians to Tokyo 2021

Africa’s best table tennis player Quadri Aruna has donated equipment valued at over 1400 Euros (N.75m) to two athletes – Isau Ogunkunble and Faith Obazuaye.

At a presentation held in Lagos on Tuesday, December 15, the Rio Olympic Games quarterfinalist gave support to Paralympians in their quest to make Nigeria proud at Tokyo 2021 Paralympics Games.

Aruna said the gesture was borne out of his resolve to give back to society especially to the Paralympians that have been making the country proud despite their challenges.

In a short video remark by Aruna said: “On behalf of myself and Aruna Sports Shop, we are always happy to support athletes in Nigeria and this is a way of giving back. Having experienced the same kind of support in my first Olympic Games in London 2012. I think it is very important to support the Paralympians as well who have been doing the country proud for decades. I hope this support will motivate them and help them to do much better in Tokyo, Japan.”

For the second Vice President, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Alderson Bankole, the kind gesture of Aruna should be emulated by top players. “I am personally impressed with the gesture of Aruna who is fond of thinking about others and I believe other top players should take a cue from this. I believe this will go a long way in motivating the athletes to aim high in Tokyo. I commend him and I look forward to a good performance from the athletes at Tokyo,” Bankole said.

In his remarks, Technical Director, NTTF, Adesoji Tayo, the donation is a thoughtful gesture from Aruna whose generosity toward the less-privileged cannot be underestimated. “I am aware that Aruna has been doing a lot for young players and for him to also remember our Paralympians is inspiring for most of us and I believe he will continue to grow from strength to strength in his endeavors. Others should emulate him and I hope the players will see this gesture as a motivating factor to excel in Tokyo,” Tayo said.

National para table tennis coach Sunday Odebode, Aruna must be commended for thinking about the Paralympians, “I hope and believe this will help the players to focus more in training and excel at Tokyo,” Odebode said.

Ogunkunle and Obazuaye are African champions in class four and 10 respectively while Obazuaye is also a silver medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and they will be making their debut at the Paralympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Responding, Ogunkunle and Obazuaye lauded Aruna for supporting them while wishing him well in his career.

The branded Gewo equipment includes three pairs of rubber, blade, bat cover, bag, shirts, shorts, tracksuit, shoe, socks, towel, and cap.

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Nigeria Table Tennis Federation