Cameroon from tomorrow, July 21-26 would host the African Table Tennis Cup at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex after Congo Brazzaville in 2013.
The announcement was made over the week-end by the President of the Cameroon Table Tennis Federation, Alfred Bagueka.
Nine countries would be taking part in a competition that would serve as qualifiers for the World Cup and help players to ameliorate classification for the All Africa Games.
The countries that have answered present are Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, DR Congo, Togo, Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville and host Cameroon.
The competition would be played in both the men’s and women’s categories and whenever there is the African Table Tennis Cup the club championship is also organized alongside to cut cost.
Each country has the right to align two players in both men’s and women’s but the host can align four competitors in both categories.
The host in the African club championship also aligns two clubs in both categories While only the best club of each participating country is expected take part. The two clubs to represent Cameroon are ASVULT and Mboa.
Cameroon following the trials made entries for the African Table Tennis Cup in the women’s category as follows: Enuema Ikome Beatrice, Sarah Hamffou, Ntumnyuy Harriet.
Entries in the men’s category include, Jague Alain Patrick, Nikwango Alex Gidas,Nyoh Ofon Derek ang Dinayen Clarence Fonyuy.
The household names expected for the competition are: Idowu Saeed (Congo), Saka Suraji (Congo), Quadri Aruna from Nigeria and Assar Umar from Egypt mong others in the men’s category.
In the women’s category are Laid Islem, Algeria, Nwachukwu Onyinyrchi Congo, El-dawlatly Nadeen Egpyt and Edem Offiong from Nigeria among others.
It should also be noted that International referees from Cameroon would be part of the arbitrage team for the African Tennis Cup.Prior to the competition there would be a refresher course for referees.
Like in all competitions, the African Tennis Cup is launched by the Africa Table Tennis Federation through a prospectus with guidelines to follow such as the judge-referee, the system of play, the organizing committee and conditions of participation.
This would be the second time Cameroon is organizing an international competition after the African Table Tennis Championship in 2010 which contribute to Cameroon selection to host the African Table Tennis Cup.