Oribamise, Others To Fly Nigeria’s Flag In China

Nigeria junior player, Tosin Esther Oribamise will lead three other players to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Junior Championship holding in Shanghai, China.

The tournament will be hosted by the Chinese Table Tennis Association in conjunction with the Sports Bureau of Shanghai and the Sports Bureau of Minhang District, from Sunday 30 November to Sunday 7 December, 2014.

Oribamise, who was part of the team to the 2013 edition in Morocco will be joined by Ajoke Ojomu, Halimot Ayinla and Onyinyechi Mbah in the one-week tournament.

In the prospectus released by the table tennis world ruling body, Nigeria girls’ team will compete in three events out of the seven that will be competed for at the global competition.

Aside Nigeria hoisting Africa’s flag at the championship, Egypt, Tunisia and Congo Brazzaville will feature in the one-week tournament.

Egypt and Tunisia will present boys’ and girls’ teams while Congo Brazzaville will have their boys’ with Nigeria having her girls team competing at the tournament.

Nigeria’s boys’ team failed to qualify for the tournament after finishing below the qualification stage. But the team have been listed as reserves for the competition.

However, the quartet of Tosin Esther Oribamise, Ajoke Ojomu, Halimot Ayinla and Onyinyechi Mbah will fly Nigeria’s flag in China and they are already in camp preparing for the event.

According to the Secretary General, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Chinedu Ezeala-Ogundare, said the four-man team would depart on 28 November and they will be coached by Nosiru Bello.

A confident Oribamise said they would do their best in the competition, adding that they are in good shape.

The first four days will focus primarily on the team events with the early stages of the Mixed Doubles competition commencing on Wednesday 3 December; the preliminary phase of the singles competitions will begin on Thursday 4 December.

This is the fourth time that the tournament will be staged in Asia but the first time in China.

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