Top seed- Egypt recorded 100 percent in all their matches in the opening day of the ITTF African Junior & Cadet Championship with the North African winning their cadet, junior and U-21 teams matches easily.
In the cadet, the Egyptian teams defeated their Congo Brazzaville counterparts 3-1 in the boys and 3-0 in the girls, while they continued their good form in the U-21 with their men and women team beating host – Algeria and Nigeria 3-0 each.
In the junior girls, they also hammered Nigeria 3-0 while they walked over Libya.
Host nation – Algeria were stretched beyond limit by Tunisia in the women U-21 before overcoming the Tunisians 3-1.
The second round of matches will hold on Thursday April 7 to decide the teams that will progress to the knockout stage of the competition.
The junior event serves as qualifiers for the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship holding in Pretoria, South Africa come November. The top three teams in the boys and girls event will automatically berth in South Africa 2016.
Meanwhile the colourful opening ceremony brought together crème-de-crème in Algeria sports led by the Minister of Sports, El Hadi Ould Ali and supported by the Vice President, ITTF, Cherif Hajem as well as ATTF helmsman, Khalid El-Salhy.
It was the President of Algeria Table Tennis Federation, Kamel Zitouni that kick-started the event with a warm welcome to all participants. And the grateful President was full of appreciation to the Minister for his support as well as the Mayor of Algiers who provided the venue free of charge.
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Sport for their support and to ensure that this tournament is staged. Their support has made it possible and we must also not forget the backing we got from the Mayor of Algiers. ITTF and ATTF must be acknowledged for their technical support as well as those who were involved in the planning of the tournament. We hope all our visitors will have a nice time in Algiers as we also look forward to a successful tournament,” Zitouni.
A joyous Minister commended the Algeria Table Tennis Federation for their doggedness at ensuring that things go well before the commencement of the competition, while also hailing all those involved in the planning for their commitment in putting Algeria on the world map with the staging of the championship.
ATTF boss expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the competition, while hoping that by April 12 when the tournament will be closing, all must have gone well throughout the championship.