In 2016 in Agadir, Morocco, Olufunke Oshonaike (NGR) turned the hand of the clock when she defeated Dina Meshref (EGY) to reclaim the ITTF African Championships women’s singles title.

At 43, the former African champion is not ready to surrender the diadem when the 2018 edition of the tournament serves off in Mauritius on Monday September 3 to 9.

“It is clear that it promises to be explosive in Mauritius and I have really prepared well for this tournament. I know that Dina Meshref is the best ranked female player in the Africa but I hope and believe I can hold on to my title,” she said.

Olufunke Oshonaike made it to the last 16 of the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open last month and she is optimistic that Nigeria can wrestle the title from Egypt in the team event. “We are all in good form for this competition because it is obvious that it is a fight between Nigeria and Egypt. We have not attended the World Team Cup in recent and we will like to make it there this time around and that is why we want to target the team event as well.”

“But to be sincere my target is the singles event which I hope to retain and I am in fine shape and hoping that I can repeat the feat I achieved in Morocco again,” she added.