April 14, 2024

Provisional Table Tennis Squad Named For 2024 Africa Games

Provisional Table Tennis Squad Named For 2024 Africa Games

Fahd Daim, Secretary General of the Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA), emphasized the importance of adhering to Sports Ministry guidelines, which mandate the inclusion of at least one junior playe

Kenya's table tennis enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the upcoming 2024 Africa Games in Ghana, and the excitement is palpable as the provisional national team of 18 players has been officially announced well in advance of the tournament.

The selection process, which involved comprehensive National Trials featuring a diverse mix of talented male and female players, as well as promising junior athletes, has culminated in the confirmation of the provisional squad. With 9 men and 9 women securing their spots following rigorous trials held at Kenyatta University and Oshwal Sports Complex in Nairobi, the team is poised to showcase Kenya's prowess on the continental stage.

Fahd Daim, Secretary General of the Kenya Table Tennis Association (KTTA), emphasized the importance of adhering to Sports Ministry guidelines, which mandate the inclusion of at least one junior player in each category. Following intense competition among the top 16 players in both the men's and women's categories, the final selection of the top 8 players was made, forming the core of the provisional team.

Among the rising stars set to make their mark are Abdul Anab and Sifa Nafula, both juniors aged 11 and 9 respectively, who will join their senior counterparts in the men's and women's categories. Their inclusion underscores Kenya's commitment to nurturing young talent and ensuring a sustainable future for the sport.

At the forefront of the senior team are standout performers such as Lisa Wele and Brian Mutua, who emerged as top contenders during the trials. Notably absent from the women's team was Mary Kinuthia, who narrowly missed out on securing a spot among the top 8 finalists.

One of the most promising newcomers is Emmanuel Wanjala, a rising star from St. Joseph's Form Three, whose impressive debut performance earned him a spot on the national team. Despite his humble beginnings, Wanjala's determination and skill have propelled him to the forefront of the sport.

Veteran player Doreen Juma also made a triumphant return to competitive play, showcasing her resilience and talent after a period of absence. Her comeback is a testament to the enduring spirit of Kenya's table tennis community.

As the team embarks on a rigorous training regimen in preparation for the Africa Games, hopes are high for a successful showing in Ghana. With dreams of Olympic qualification on the horizon, players like Mutua are determined to give their all and seize the opportunity to represent Kenya on the global stage.

With Badminton, Cycling, Swimming, Tennis, and more serving as qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the Africa Games present a crucial opportunity for Kenya's table tennis stars to shine and make their mark on the international stage.

The 18 players selected to represent Kenya are as follows:

Men:

  1. Brian Mutua
  2. Peter Theuri
  3. Josiah Wandera
  4. Emmanuel Wanjala
  5. Boniface Musioki
  6. Allan Singar
  7. Edwin Otieno
  8. Mangongo Basil
  9. Abdul Anab (Junior, 11 years old)

Women:

  1. Lisa Wele
  2. Doreen Juma
  3. Nelly Mutuma
  4. Pamela Wekesa
  5. Lydia Setey
  6. Mazam Becky
  7. Khushi Malde
  8. Joy Nyokabi
  9. Sifa Nafula (Junior, 9 years old)