Despite the defeats suffered by some of the top seeds in the ongoing ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, virtually all the top seeds advanced to the next round of the tournament as stage is set for the knockout round.

It was number four seed, Nigeria’s Edem Offiong that first tasted defeat against Algeria’s Lynda Logrhaibi in the group stage while South Africa’s Kurt LINGEVELDT seeded eight was also beaten by unseeded Ghana’s Derek Abrefa in the group stage.

Olympic veteran – Nigeria’s Segun Toriola was also tested by Algeria’s Sami Kherouf in the group round.

For Algeria’s Loghraibi, the victory against Offiong was a sweet one. “I thought that beating Edem will be an impossible task for me because I have never beaten her in our previous meetings. But today, I was calm and relaxed because I had nothing to lose if she defeated me. I was just playing and enjoying myself. So beating Edem today is like defeating Oshonaike or Meshref because she is one the best players in Africa. I am so happy because this will motivate me in this competition,” the Algerian admitted.

On Friday March 1, the knockout matches will take place as Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri battles Ghana’s Abrefa, Egypt’s Omar Assar confronts Tunisia’s MAMIA Thameur, Segun Toriola faces Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu while the last quarterfinal match will be between Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh and Algeria’s Sami Kherouf.

In the women’s tie, Egypt’s Dina Meshref battles Seychelles’ Christy Bristol while Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike faces Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou, Edem Offiong will have her hands full when she takes on Tunisia’s Safa Saidani. The last quarterfinal match is between Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz and Algeria’s Loghraibi.