Thrice Dina Meshref has made it to the final of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open and thrice also she failed to win the trophy. Lagos 2017 is up and the African champion says she is coming to Nigeria to erase her errors of the previous editions as she targets the title this time. The ITTF competition serves off on August 9 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria.
Meshref, who recently completed her first degree at the American University in Cairo (AUC) is coming to Lagos to play against the star-studded competition which has two former champions of the ITTF World Tour.
The All Africa Games gold medallist said, “Sometimes the weather in Lagos is not friendly but the atmosphere in the hall is something else. It is the delight of every player to play in such atmosphere as the fans make it more exciting and inspiring. I am really looking forward to the tournament because I have been unfortunate having played in the women’s and U21 singles finals in 2014 which I lost. Also in 2015, I lost in the women’s singles final as well. My only consolation was winning the U-21 title. But I am determined to win the title this year.”
She then emphasised her love for the Lagos venue.
“Nigeria Open has given most African players the opportunity to showcase their talents as well as garner world ranking points. This is good and I am hoping every African player will avail themselves of this rare opportunity to have such tournament being hosted in the continent. There is no doubt that the host country has potential in the sport and they can make use of the tournament to groom more stars like Aruna Quadri.”