ITTF - International Table Tennis Federation

11/04/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/03/2019 19:00

Oba Kizito Oba and Fatimo Bello claim Abidjan titles

by Ian Marshall, Editor (Interview by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer)

Success for the Ivory Coast but it was disappointment for Ghana; at the semi-final stage of the men's singles event, Oba Kizito Oba accounted for Derek Abrefa, Benin's Monday Oladele Olabayi ended the hopes of Emmanuel Commey.

Oba Kizito Oba progressed to secure the title recording a straight games win in opposition to Monday Oladele Olabayi; Derek Abfrefa claimed third place.

Gold for Oba Kizito Oba delighted those present in the Multipurpose Hall in Trenchville, as did the final of the women's singles event; a contest in which Fatimo Bello recovered from a two games to nil deficit to eventually record a six games win against colleague Esther Oribamise.

'It was not easy at all because I had to come from behind to win the encounter. I am very happy and grateful to the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation for the opportunity to represent my country. I must also acknowledge the support from the city of Abidjan. It is my first time in this lovely country and I look forward to returning.' Fatima Bello

Earlier in the day at the semi-final stage, Fatimo Bello had beaten Benin's Ziadeth Olaide Akadiri, Esther Oribamise had prevailed in opposition to the host country's Akoua Nadia Kamenan. Notably Akoua Nadia Kamenan concluded matters in third place.

It is proposed that the winners will be awarded places in the 2020 ITTF-Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia.