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Table tennis: Dina Meshref keen on Nigeria Open title

*Lagos atmosphere is world class with fans

By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye lagos

Thrice Dina Meshref, African champion, has made it to the final of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open ‘Lagos 2017’ and she has been unfortunate to have missed out from the title. She is coming to Lagos to right all the wrongs that had befallen her in previous editions of the championships.

The competition which serves off on the 9th August at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria is going to be great fun.

Meshref, who recently completed her first degree at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is coming to Lagos to put her words to action against the star-studded competition this year which has two former champions of the ITTF World Tour.

The unassuming African Games gold medallist said: “Sometimes the weather in Lagos is not friendly but the atmosphere in the hall is something else. It is the delight of every player to play in such atmosphere as the fans make it more exciting and inspiring.

“I am really looking forward to the tournament because I have been unfortunate having played in the women’s and U-21 singles finals in 2014 which I lost. Also in 2015, I lost in the women’s singles final as well. My only consolation was winning the U-21 title. But I am determined to win the title this year.”

She however, described the Nigeria Open as one of the exciting tournaments in the ITTF calendar with the overwhelming presence and support of fans at the venue.

“Nigeria Open has given most African players the opportunity to showcase their talents as well as garner world ranking points. This is good and I am hoping every African player will avail themselves of this rare opportunity to have such tournament being hosted in the continent.

There is no doubt that the host country – Nigeria has potential in the sport and they can make use of the tournament to groom more stars like Aruna Quadri,” the 2017 ITTF Africa Cup champion said.

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