Apart from the 2016 Africa Top 16 Cup that he bowed to his continental rival, Aruna Quadri (NGR), Omar Assar (EGY) has mopped up all the titles at stake in Africa in the last two years.

What started in Cairo, Egypt in 2017 when he defied odds to be crowned the men’s singles champion at the ITTF African Championships continued unabated until January 2016 when he succumbed to Aruna Quadri in Khartoum, Sudan to miss out from the 2016 World Cup, Omar Assar has remained leader in the continent.

Fortunately for the Egyptian, it was the same location and venue that he claimed the 2016 ITTF African Championships at the expense of Aruna Quadri that this year’s ITTF Africa Cup will take place and Omar Assar has described Morocco as a good hunting ground for him.

“Morocco is a very special country for me because I have golden memories there. I have been lucky to win many competitions there but I am still very hungry to win and perform very well in Morocco this year ‘Incha Allah,” he said.

Omar Assar whose ranking from 58 in June will surely shoot up following his superb exploits at the 2017 China Open is not leaving any stone unturned by admitted that, “Of course I feel the tournament will be tougher this year because of the experience of most African players who are now playing professionally in Europe. Most of them are also very active on the ITTF World Tour and this makes the competition very interesting and exciting this year,” Omar Assar confessed.

Acknowledging how the title is very important to him, Omar Assar said: “The ITTF Africa Cup is a very special competition for me as it is the only African title I had won once. For sure I would love to add it to my collection so I am trying to be 100 percent for the tournament in Morocco this year.”

In identifying the only threat to his ambition in Morocco, Omar Assar said: “Aruna Quadri is the highest ranked player in Africa currently. He has showed a good performance in the French league and his last ITTF World Tour in Hungary, this surely makes him a major threat to all Egyptian players in Morocco. Also I must admit that my teammates in Egypt too are playing well lately.”

On the reason he decided to compete at the China Open, he said: “I competed at the China Open this year because I hope that it will be a good preparation for the ITTF Africa Cup particularly to play in such a high level tournament in China. I am indeed looking forward to an outstanding performance in Morocco.”