Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna Retains ITTF African Championship Title

Quadri Aruna Retains ITTF African Championship Title. Credit: ITTF-Africa

Quadri Aruna of Nigeria has retained his championship in the men’s singles of the 2023 ITTF African Championships after defeating Ahmed Saleh of Egypt in the final match on Sunday.

Aruna, the tournament’s top seed, easily defeated Saleh 4-0 to retain the championship she earned in Algeria last year.

Aruna had mixed feelings in Tunis, having missed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to injury in the same venue.

“I am happy with the title because I have a good and bad memory of Tunis, having got injured here during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification. Winning another title here is good to erase the bad memory. This win will remain with me for a long time. I am happy and I look forward to the next challenge,” the Nigerian said.

‘This is Special’

Egypt’s Hana Goda with her 2023 ITTF Africa Championship title. Credit: ITTF-Africa

In the female category, Egyptian teenage sensation, Hana Goda, dethroned her compatriot, Dina Meshref, to claim the women’s singles title.

Two-time Africa Cup champion Goda was also at her best against defending champion, Meshref, with another inspiring 4-1 win in the final encounter in the women’s singles.

An excited 15-year-old Goda described the victory as “special”.

“This is special, especially with the support from the Tunisian fans. I will cherish this for a long time to come,” she said.

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