Egypt’s Omar Assar had to fend off threat from his continental rival, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri as the Egyptian retained his men’s singles title at the 2016 ITTF Africa Senior Championships held in Agadir, Morocco.

From the start of the match, the fans were not disappointed with the display by the two best players in Africa with the powerful shot of Aruna Quadri thrilling the fans, while Omar Assar was also up to the task against the Nigerian.

It was the Egyptian who drew the first blood with 12-10 win. But Aruna Quadri restored parity with 11-6 win.

The quality of the match gave the spectators something to cheer but it was Omar Assar that carried the day with a 4-3 (10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9) win to retain his title.

An elated Omar Assar said; “It was really a crazy match because against Aruna is always very exciting. I think I gave my 100 per cent concentration and I was listening more to my coach, Helmy Ashraf. I think Aruna played very well because he was always changing service and he was more aggressive on his forehand. I am so happy retaining the title and I hope I can play better than this in future tournament,” Assar said.