Edem Offiong, one of the top female Nigerian table-tennis players that will be contesting for honours at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour, Lagos Open, has vowed to go all out to emerge tops in the competition.
The Lagos Open serves off on March 10.
In 2013, Offiong had her closest shot at the title when she made it all the way to the final but could not finish up against her compatriot, Cecilia Otu-Akpan, who beat her to the title.
Meanwhile, Offiong promises that the title will remain in Nigeria this time around as she and her colleagues will not allow the Egyptians steal the show like they did last term.
“I am well prepared for this tournament because I have it in mind that I must do better this year. After the disappointing outing in Cairo, I returned to Nigeria and I rested for a week and since then I have been training hard in order to ensure that I make it to the podium this year. I am in good shape and I hope the home support will help me this year especially against the Egyptians and Portuguese Chinese-born player,” Ms. Offiong said.
Ms. Offiong, who plies her trade in the Portuguese league, said she is quite aware of the high ratings a good number of the players coming to the Lagos enjoy but she is by no means jittery they will outplay her on home soil.
“I know a lot of people have been talking about the quality of the Egyptian player but I want to let them know that the Chinese-born Portuguese is indeed a serious threat because she is the number one female player in the Portuguese league and she is a very strong player.”
From being a runner’s up in 2013, Offiong was edged out in the quarter final of the women’s singles by Egypt’s Dina Meshref and the Nigerian believes this would not repeat itself again this as she is ready to halt the dominance of the Egyptians in Lagos.