Nigeria is beginning to dominate in the world of Table tennis, and guess what? It’s the female category that are taking that giant strides of bringing home the pichichi. Good news from Cross Riverians, it’s the team that was picked from the state that has made it so far; and we pray they make us proud.
The Canaan Table Tennis Club of Calabar, Cross River State representing Nigeria’s female set of table tennis players to the Africa Table Tennis Clubs’ Championships in Agadir, Morocco, are through to the semifinals of the tourney after they beat the home team and ACB Table Tennis club of Algeria on Wednesday, to advance.
The team that have only two games to clinching the ultimate prize ismade up of Offiong Edem, Cecilia Otu Akpan, Funke Oshonaike, Janet Friday Effiom and Coach Richard Edem. This team according to reports had to travel to the tournament with tickets bought on credit as the strike action currently embarked upon by Labour in the state made it impossible for the Cross River State Government to fund the trip.
Further information gathered according to Calitown states that the team is playing and representing Nigeria with no support from the Sports Ministry in Abuja and is having a tough time contending with accommodation and feeding costs. Painfully, this team appears to be going through the same experience it went through on June 28, 2013, when it won a bronze medal in Congo Brazaville, under similar circumstances.
Nigeria’s male representatives at the tourney, Civil Defence and Union Bank Table Tennis Clubs could however not make it in the male category as they were walked over owing to their non-appearance.