As the second best player in South Africa who qualifies for the 2018 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Kenya based on his continental rating, Kurt Lingeveldt will be heading to the Eastern African nation to spring surprise.

The 27-year-old South African is indeed excited about his prospect of going up against the best in Africa. “My aim is to play my best table tennis and to play for every match. I would want to make it out of my group and play a quarterfinal match and would want to win it and make it to the semifinals and then play my heart out and leave everything on the table. It is to play table tennis like I never played before to give my all in every game and play for each point like my life depends on it.”

Kurt Lingeveldt is however not giving up on his country’s chance in Kenya. “Yes I think South Africa can make it to the podium because table tennis is a game that has a lot of surprises. I believe we can make it into the medal zone.”
He is also elated with the progress made by Africa in the world, while saying, “Table tennis has improved tremendously in Africa because we have players winning ITTF-organised tournament outside the continent while they are also in the top 20 in the world.”

Kurt Lingeveldt singled out Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar for putting Africa on good book of the sport globally, while admitting that they are role models. “I think Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar will continue to dominate because they put in the long hours of training and also plays in a lot of international tournaments apart from playing in the top leagues of the world.”