The venue was Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi and the event was the unveiling of Kenya squad as well as media campaigns for the 2018 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding on March 1 to 3.

According to Samson Ateka, Media Officer of Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA), crème-de-la-crème of Kenyan media were present and the setting was also appropriate for the occasion as the host – Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA)under the leadership of Andrew Mudibo officially the staging of the continent’s prestigious tournament which serves as qualifiers for the 2018 ITTF World Cups.

Exactly 40 days to the tournament slated for Nairobi’s Kasarani Gymnasium, the two players that will carry the burden of the host nation – Sejal Thakkar and Bryan Mutua were made known to the public, while media campaigns was also launched.

According to KTTA boss, Andrew Mudibo, the event was part of the activities lined up for the championships.

“The main aim of the media launch was to unveil the players and at the same time create awareness amongst the media houses here in Kenya so that they can start reporting and taking an interest in the tournament. We expect by the time the tournament is held, we shall be having very good publicity for the players who are coming and also the event,” Mudibo said.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) headed by Joseph Okello has been working tirelessly to stage a befitting tournament.

“The ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup is a special event in the hearts and minds of the continental table tennis community. It is a real privilege to evoke the memory of the greatest players and adventurers of that period by hosting the continent’s most challenging historic men’s and women’s Cup which holds the key to the World Cup slots for the continent,” Joseph Okello said.

Kenya’s rising star Bryan Mutua and experienced Sejal Thakkar were all smiles at the event organized by the LOC to brief the media on event preparations.

19-year-old Bryan Mutua is a product of KTTA’s “Tucheze Tebo” (Swahili for Let’s play Table Tennis) is one of the fastest rising Kenyan youngsters and a prodigy from the evergreen Mwala High School production line in the Eastern of Kenya.

42-year-old Sejal Thakkar is the never-say-never women’s table tennis star, who will be playing her fourth Commonwealth Games for Kenya this year after having the feel of the Top 16 Championships in Nairobi.

“It’s the passion of the game that drives me and brings me back to the table time and time again. Playing against the Top 16, some of who we interacted with prior to Khartoum 2016 Olympic qualifiers which coincided with the Continental Cup will be all good and a moment to savour for long. Most of the players are ranked globally, so playing against them will improve our ranking and prepares us well for the Commonwealth Games. The essence is to give it our very best,” said the mother of two.