Seventeen-year-old JALIM Nandeshwaree is one of the exposed players in Mauritius having attended several competitions in recent times while her efforts at the 3rd African Youth Games in Algiers earned her a bronze medal in the girl’s singles event.

The teenager continues to improve in each competition and this is evident in the confidence repose on her by the Mauritius Table Tennis Association (MTTA).

However, the teenager alongside her compatriots will face their biggest task in front of their home fans when MTTA host the 2018 ITTF African Championships on September 3 to 9.

A confident JALIM Nandeshwaree said: “The preparation for the tournament is still going on and having made my debut in an ITTF title event at the ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open in Lagos, Nigeria has exposed me. It was my first ever ITTF world tour and i have learned and gained experience which will help me in my table tennis life. I am really impressed with the organization of the Lagos tournament and that standard was high with the noisy and enthusiastic supporters. Seeing the table tennis fans, it could clearly seem that they support the Nigerian players but they were always willing to cheer. I must commend the organisers for a job well done.”

However, for the African Championships, she said: “I think as a team we can make it in the competition because since returning from Nigeria, we have been training hard and I am sure we will also give our best in front of our fans at home.

Apart from the overall team target of making the podium, JALIM Nandeshwaree sets personal goals for herself. “My personal objective is to aim for a medal and improve my personal world ranking and my favourite team for this tournament will be Mauritius. Definitely, we are counting on our fans to support us.”

But the teenager could hide her soft-spot for two of Africa’s biggest exports – Aruna Quadri (NGR) and Dina Meshref (EGY). “But the African players whom i admire the most are Aruna Quadri and Dina Meshref,” JALIM Nandeshwaree said.