The oldest active female table tennis player in Africa, Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike has climbed the second place in November ITTF Africa ranking released.
Oshonaike who stunned the continent with her performance at the 2016 ITTF African Championships in Agadir, Morocco where he defeated defending champion, Egypt’s Dina Meshref 4-2 to reclaim the title she won last in 2003.
However, Meshref maintained her status as the best female player in Africa while Algeria’s Lynda Loghraibi made the biggest move as she rose to the fourth place in the women ranking list.
In the ranking released by the technical chairman of ITTF Africa, Mokhtar Toukabri, Egypt’s Omar Assar remains the best male player in the continent after his 4-3 victory over Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri in the final of the ITTF Africa Senior Championship.
However, Aruna Quadri has closed up the point gap with Assar as six points separated the two best players in Africa.
Also, seven-time Olympian, Nigeria’s Segun Toriola has moved the fourth place in Africa despite losing in the quarterfinal at the Morocco tournament to Omar Assar.
Meshref led the ranking list with 251 points while Oshonaike has 199points to beat Egypt’s recuperating Nadeen El-Dawlatly to second place in the ranking list.