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TABLE TENNIS: Why Nigeria will be absent at ITTF tourney in Tunisia

The quartet of Taiwo Mati, Muiz Adegoke, Mustapha Mustapha and Samuel Boboye will be missing ranking points championship because of funds

Taiwo Mati in action during ITTF Africa open

The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation has revealed that lack of funds will make Nigeria to be absent at the 2022 World Youth Championships.

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The Youth Championship is slated to serve off in Tunisia from December 4 to 11.

Table tennis quartet Taiwo Mati, Muiz Adegoke, Mustapha Mustapha and Samuel Boboye are Nigeria's representative for the event in Tunisia.

Mati is currently ranked 101 in the current ITTF rankings and ranked Africa U17 number one which he is denied to get more ranking points after the championship.

NTTF withdraw the boys from the tournament in a letter to the International Table Tennis Federation sighting lack of funds as reason.

With the withdrawal of Nigeria, Africa’s slot will be given to Egypt in Tunisia.

Recall that, Nigeria missed out on the 2022 ITTF World Championships in Chengdu, China in September for same reason.

NTTF president, Ishaku Tikon, said letters were submitted to the ministry for the tournament but all efforts proved abortive.

He added that he is not happy that the young players are not getting exposure.

He said, “I knew what these boys went through before qualifying for this tournament and for two months we had written to the ministry about the trip, but we did not get any result from all the visits as the excuse was that there were no funds.

“I am not happy that our young players will not be competing with their counterparts at the biggest youth gathering in Tunis. But this is where we find ourselves and it prompted us to withdraw the boys team in order to avoid possible sanctions from the world table tennis ruling body.”

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