From his below par performance at various continental tournaments, Saheed Idowu of Congo Brazzaville has played his way into several quarterfinals of the ITTF African Tournaments and his last outing at the ITTF Africa Top 16 cup in Kenya, he bundled out veteran Segun Toriola in the round of 16 before being edged out by another Egyptian veteran – Ahmed Saleh.

However, Saheed Idowu, who plies his trade in the Portuguese league is aiming higher at the 2018 ITTF African Championship in Mauritius from September 3 to 9 with the aim of exceeding his quarterfinal berth.

“My target is to aim for the medal stage and performed very well just like I did in Kenya in early this year. I must also admit that it is not going to be easy but I will try my possible best to make it possible. There is good level of playing in Africa now but I will try to perform well.”

“The standard of any competition in Africa now is getting better with every competition because African players are improving at world level and the ATTF is now giving attention to players which is very important to bring out the best in the players,” Saheed Idowu said.

The Nigeria-born Congo Brazzaville star was shown the exit in the round of 32 of the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open by Nigeria’s Kazeem Makanjuola believes the standard set by Aruna Quadri (NGR) and Omar Assar (EGY) has made African tournament more exciting and competitive.

“Mauritius will not be an easy one for every player because of the quality of Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar. They have raised the bar for Africa. But that doesn’t mean I can’t win against them because with good training and consistent hard work like them, I believe they are beatable in competition like this,” he added.

Saheed Idowu, who is already shaping up for the new Portuguese league season believes he is every-ready for the task ahead in Mauritius. “This is my job and I must always be ready for every tournament and this one will not be an exception in terms of my preparation. I am fully ready for the championship.”