There is no doubt that Kizito Oba of Cote d’Ivoire is climbing up in the rating of players in Africa. His display at the last African Championship in Mauritius showed that the 23-year-old is coming of age among the heavyweights in the continent.

The France-based Ivorian will be heading to the 2019 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary with the sole aim of relishing every moment on and off the table in the European nation.

Already, Kizito Oba has commenced preparation for the showpiece in Hungary but is modest in the ambition in the tournament.

“I have been training regularly to try to make a good impression at this great sporting event. However, I cannot explain it to you my specific target nevertheless I can say that I am on top of the world competing against some of the best players in the world in Hungary,” he said.

“Given the level of competition and the number of the top players in the world heading to the tournament, I am hoping to advance from the group. I am hoping to get good results that will add to my ranking and also to have the chance to play on the centre court,” Kizito Oba said.

The Ivorian star admitted that African players would continue to aim for the top considering the precedent being set by the likes of Aruna Quadri (NGR) and Omar Assar (EGY) at big stage. “It is difficult for African players to make it to the podium at the World Championship because for years Africans have not been in the top 10 worldwide, which means that there is less chance of getting there. And also, the dominance of the Asians at the moment is a big challenge for us in Africa but there may be surprises in Hungary this year. I hope and believe I can make an impression in the tournament particularly with the hope of improving my ranking for major competitions in Africa,” he said.