Table Tennis: Oshonaike qualifies for semi-final of Africa Senior Cup

Funke Oshonaike was part of the Nigeria Women’s Team at the 2015 ITTF-Africa Senior Championships

After playing two matches and getting a walk-over against Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing, five-time Olympian, Olufunke Oshonaike, has secured a place in the semi-final of the women’s singles at the on-going 2015 ITTF Africa Senior Cup holding in Yaounde, Cameroon.

From the final group matches played, Oshonaike defeated Algeria’s Islem Laid 3-0 and repeated same feat against Cameroon’s Beatrice Enjema and she got a walk-over against Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing to top the group.

For leading the group, Oshonaike got a ticket to the semi-final alongside Egypt’s Dina Meshref..

For the semi-final ties on Thursday, Oshonaike will battle the winner between Egypt’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly and Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou, while Egypt’s Meshref will tackle the winner between Algeria’s Islem Laid and Lynda Loghraibi.

A confident Oshonaike said she was ready to take on any opponent as she was lucky to get a good draw in the group stage.

“I am happy that I got a good draw and I hope I can be in my best form so that I can make it to the final. In the final, anything can happen and I look forward to what is going to happen,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Kazeem Makanjuola also made it to quarterfinal where they are expected to tackle Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin and Algeria’s Idir Khourta for places in the semi-final.


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