Since Mohamed El-Beiali, 30, secured his place in the Egyptian national team in 2015, the Turkish-based star has remained an integral part of the team to several international and continental competitions.

His skills and enterprising style of play came to fore in 2018 at the World Team Championship in Halmstad, Sweden in the encounter against Germany.

The Fenerbache star said he is hoping for surprise when the 2019 ITTF World Championship kicks off in Budapest.

“We are indeed warming up for the world championship as our preparation starts with the participation in the second ITTF Challenge Plus tagged Oman Open and we might also be heading to Germany for a training camp,” he said.

The Cairo-born star he is indeed ready to enjoy himself in Hungary particularly hoping to cause upsets which he said is possible. “I am ready for the tournament particularly with the matches we are playing in my club. I am hoping that I can make a meaningful impact in Hungary. I am sure I am going to perform better than my previous outings in the tournament,” Mohamed El-Beiali.

Recalling what he achieved at the last edition in Dusseldorf, Germany, he said: “I want to do better than the first round exit in Germany want to exceed this stage and I know it promises to be tough but I am ready to do more in Hungary.”

Mohamed El-Beiali attributed the below-par performance of African players to late start. “I think if some of us have started early in Europe we can compete for podium in major international tournaments but I am not giving up on African players making the podium in major competitions. This year, I think nobody can stop Fan Zhendong and I am looking forward to seeing Tomokazu Harimoto making the podium as well in Budapest,” he added.