When Cote d’Ivoire’s Kizito Oba defeated the then current African U-21 champion – Aly Ghallab of Egypt at the 2016 ITTF African Championship in Agadir, Morocco, it was as if that Ivorien achieved the biggest feat of his career.

And fired up by this performance Kizito Oba, who is based in France will be leading the West African nation to the 2018 ITTF African Championship in Mauritius with the sole aim of standing on the podium.

“My goal at this competition is to arrive at least in the quarterfinals and if possible tear off a medal. As a team, we have a young team in full progress and we will try to give everything to get a medal.”

“Individually, I hope to reach the quarter-finals at the African championship or even more. But given the number of good players in this competition, making good matches and having more wins than losses by finishing the tournament positively will be a joy on my side,” Kizito Oba said.

On the possible outcome in the men’s singles event, he said: “In the single event, I strongly believe that there is Quadri Aruna who is likely to win the title but there are still some good players on the Egyptian side and also Nigeria. But in the team event, the favourites are Nigeria and Egypt.

“Countries like Nigeria and Egypt will continue to dominate because they have more follow-ups and funding to get the maximum of professionals outside (Europe) to advance their players and win enough titles,” he added.

On his level of readiness, he said: “I think I’m ready for this competition because I train all week and I trust myself hoping to have a good competition. Also, my best performance on the African level is to have beaten Egyptian Aly Ghallab who was then the reigning African U-21 champion knowing that he was better ranked than me on the African and world level. Personally, my goal is to have a good competition and to win a medal will be a reward for my work.”