The rivalry between Nigeria and Egypt will resurface again in Brazzaville as the two best table tennis playing nations clash in the final of the team event at the ongoing 11th African Games in Congo Brazzaville.

In the men’s event, Nigeria was merciless against Ghana as they rattled their West African neighbor 3-0 in the semifinal to set up a battle against Egypt in the final. Egypt worked hard to beat Congo Brazzaville 3-1 in the semifinal match.

In the women’s event, Nigerian ladies dazed host team Congo Brazzaville 3-0 to secure their place in the final. They will now face Egypt who had earlier defeated Algeria in the second semifinal.

An exhausted Omar Assar said after the victory over Congo Brazzaville, “When the game was 2-2 and I was down 6-0, I think I was late to change my tactics when it was 2-0. But when I changed it and I was receiving with my forehand I started playing better. We are a good team and the spirit in the team is very high. We have a good bench to compliment us. Tonight the match was somehow because you win some you lose some. However, we are a perfect mood for the final because we are going to fight well having prepared very well for the competition.”

However, Nigeria’s Seun Ajetunmobi believes Nigeria would be unstoppable in the final. “I feel good since the commencement of the tournament although we are yet to play any tough match. We really prepared very well for this competition and we hope that we can crown it up with victory against any team in the final. We are aware that the final will be tough and we are battle ready for it. I believe Nigeria will surprise everybody in this competition,” Ajetunmobi said.