It is on record that Olufunke Oshonaike is the second successful female table tennis player in Africa after compatriot, Bose Kaffo, having won 12 gold medals at the African Games and despite being engrossed with her family chores, she still remain an integral part of the Nigerian team.

At the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, she cemented her place at the Rio Olympic Games to become the first female table tennis player in Africa to feature in six Olympics while her presence in Brazil will make her the first Nigerian female athlete to compete at six consecutive Olympics.

From 1996 Atlanta Olympic in United States, Olufunke Oshonaike has been present in five Olympics while she has featured at the African Games since 1991 more than any player in the continent.

Just few days to the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup where Olufunke Oshonaike will be competing against the continent’s best in Khartoum, Sudan, the Hamburg-based mother of two rules out herself from the title chase.

She admitted copping an injury during the 2015 African Games but said that she is still yet to get over the injury. However, her presence in Sudan will surely add glamour and glitz to the tournament which promises to the exciting.

“I’m very happy and excited as usual to be listed among the top 16 players in Africa but I must admit that I played with a lot of stress and injury at the African Games in Brazzaville. I thought the injury would heal after the games but on getting to my base in Hamburg, Germany, I stressed it more and for some times now I have not been able to train well because of it. I guess I might find it a little difficult in Sudan because of my injured groin,” she said.

Like a realist, she said: “I’m not so optimistic because of my injury but if I get to the semifinal I will be very happy because players like Dina Meshref, Nadeen El-Dawlatly, Han Xing and Edem Offiong are title contenders.”

But she would not just go to Sudan to compete, she hopes to enjoy every moment spend in the Sudanese capital. “If I finally go to Sudan, I’m looking forward to a good competition and a little bit of fun. I’m not really prepared at all compared to the kind of preparation I had before the Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.

Having played in three ITTF World Cups, she said that playing at such level cannot be compared to competing in the continent. “I have played ITTF World Cup thrice and it was not so easy for me because I went there all alone without a coach. I feel really good making it to Sudan but not so sure of my standard right now.”