Sami Kherouf of Algeria has proved in recent times that he can rock the boat with the best players in Africa and this he has shown in several continental competitions.

He has become a key member of the Algerian team and again he will be leading the six-man team to the European city of Budapest in Hungary.

Specifically, Sami Kherouf is flying to Budapest with the sole aim of warming up for the 2019 African Games.

Even without high expectation, the 30-year-old is motivated to test might with some of the best players in the world.

“There is no specific preparation for me, but I keep working out regularly and playing competitions with my club in France in a good level. We hope to have group training as national team very soon and I am highly excited and motivated to take part in the tournament in Hungary particularly playing against the best players in the world,” he said.

Just like every player that aims to go far in the tournament, a modest Sami Kherouf said: “I will like to go as far as possible and produce a good performance in Budapest. My participation in this tournament is going to be preparation for the African Games in order for me to have the chance of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.”

“I know it is going to be a tough task in Budapest but I am still insisting that my priority is to use the tournament to test my ability in readiness for the African Games holding later in the year in Morocco because I want to play at the Olympic Games next year,” Sami Kherouf added.

Sami Kherouf will be joined in the men’s singles event by compatriots – junior international – Abdelbasset CHaichi and Aissa Belkadi. The Algerian women’s team will be led by experienced players – Lynda Loghraibi and Katia Kessaci while junior star – Loubna Djedjik will also be part of the party in Budapest.