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Table Tennis: Egypt defeat Nigeria, retain team event titles

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Egypt’s dominance in Africa continued on Friday at the 13th African Games in Ghana as the North Africans retained their titles in the men and women events in table tennis.

Egypt’s Omar Assar, Youssef Abdelaziz and Mohamed El-Beiali defeated Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo, Quadri Aruna and Taiwo Mati to maintain their unbeaten run in the event.

Assar defeated Omotayo 3-0 in the first game, while Abdelaziz finally halted Aruna’s dominance with a 3-1 win.

Similarly, El-Beiali edged Mati 3-1 to complete the 3-0 rout by the Egyptians.

Also, the Egyptian female team continued their unbeaten streak dating back 2011 in the table tennis team event by beating Nigeria 3-0 in the final.

The trio of Dina Meshref, Hana Goda and Mariam Alhodaby were dominant against Nigeria’s trio of Offiong Edem, Hope Udoaka and Fatimo Bello to retain their title at the games.

Since dethroning Nigeria at Maputo 2011 in Mozambique, the Egyptian ladies led by Meshref have been dominating the event to continue their reign as the continent’s best female team.

In the history of the games, Nigeria has won the women’s title seven times from 1978 to 2007 while Egypt’s dominance in the women’s event started from 2011.

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