2015 ITTF-AFRICA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Quotes of the Day: Wednesday 28th January Complied by Olalekan Okusan ASHRAF Ahmed (Egypt) after beating SURAJU Saka (Congo Brazzaville) 4-3 in second round of men’s singles It was a very difficult match for me because Saka is an old player with a lot of experience. I am just coming back from a knee injury and this being my competition after returning from the injury. It was a very tough match and when the game was 3-3 major and I made a call when the seventh game was 3-3 but he refused to accept my call and the point was given to him. This really made me to want to beat him and I am very player beating a great player like Saka. MAGDY Shady (Egypt) after beating BOUDJADJA Mohamed Sofiene 4-0 in second round of men’s singles This victory means so much to me because he has beaten one of our top players in Egypt – Mohamed El-Beiali in the team event. And defeating him today showed that being a junior player I am good to play in the senior. I have shown everybody that I am capable of playing with the senior. I ensured I concentrate throughout the match and I made use of my forehand and backhand very well. I did not defend because he wanted to attack but I did not allow him because he is a good attacker. So I ensured I attack him first and that confused him. MAKANJUOLA Kazeem (Nigeria) after beating ELSOBKY Mohamed (Egypt) 4-0 in the second round of the men’s singles I played against him in 2013 in Cameroun and I defeated him in the group matches but he beat me in the final 4-1. I noticed that he could not play from the forehand and he cannot even block my shot so I capitalized on this to amass points. I also used my strength to play him because he looked fragile and cannot withstand my powerful shots. OFFIONG Edem (Nigeria) after beating SHOUMAN Fagr (Egypt) 4-3 in the round of 16 of women’s singles At the start of the match I was a bit distracted by the side talks and before I knew what was happening, she was leading 3-1 major. But I knew I can win and I had to fight back. I was not nervous but when I saw my opponent crying I was touched and this nearly caused me the seventh match. I also noticed that she could not return my service and this aided my victory. NASSER Galila (Egypt) after beating OSHONAIKE Funke 4-3 in the round of 16 of women’s singles I knew that she is a very strong player with a lot of experience. I just came into the game with positive mindset. I had to rely on my forehand because I noticed that if I play her with backhand, I always lose and my coach told me to play with my forehand and things worked well for me. It is just amazing for me beating a great player like Funke Oshonaike. I cannot just describe my feeling now. IDOWU Saheed (Congo Brazzaville) after beating MAKANJUOLA Kazeem 43 in the round of 16 of men’s singles It was a very tough match because I actually started well and I was leading 8-2 to lose the game at 11-8. From then I lost concentration and he won three games in row to take a 3-0 lead. But in the fourth game, I changed tactic and played with a lot of confidence. I made use of my forehand and backhand very well and I changed my topspin which became difficult for him. He could not block my topspin and this made the match very hard for him to play. I think it was a narrow escape for me but I worked hard for the victory. EL-DAWLATLY Nadeen (Egypt) after beating OFFIONG Edem (Nigeria) 4-2 in the quarterfinal of women’s singles I was mad at myself for losing points early into the game. I had to calm myself and tried to feel the game and not to be nervous. I think my footwork really helped me and I also pin a lot of spin on the ball as much as I could. I know it is not always easy to win the person that had beaten you earlier in same competition. For me, I know the pressure was on her and not on me. HANFFOU Sarah (Cameroon) after beating YOUSRY Noha (Egypt) 4-2 in the quarterfinal of women’s singles This victory meant a lot to me and Cameroun because I never expected that I would go far in the competition. I just took each game as they come and I found myself in the quarterfinal. When I was leading in the fifth game 10-4 and I lost to put the match at 3-2 and in the sixth game, when it was 10-7 in my favour, I just zero my mind that it was 0-0 and this spurred me on in the game. Also, I was playing her backhand and this nearly caused but I had to change tactic and started putting a lot of spin on the ball for her. ASSAR Khalid (Egypt) after beating LASHIN El-Sayed (Egypt) 4-1 in the quarterfinal of men’s singles I prepared very well before the match to ensure I play very well because I respect Lashin as one of the great players in Africa as well as the defending champion of the tournament. I am very happy beating him. I never expected the match to go in my favour and I cherish the victory today. EL-BEIALI Mohamed (Egypt) after beating QUADRI Aruna (Nigeria) 4-3 in the quarterfinal of the men’s singles I am the happiest person at this moment because beating world number 30th ranked player will surely improve my ranking and also cement my place in the Egyptian national team. I knew I was going to face Aruna after seeing the draw and I was ready for him. My coach told me that I must ensure I play short ball and receive his service very well. I know if I continue playing topspin on his forehand, he will take point but my coach said I should play the spin on his backhand and that was what I did. I am comfortable playing Aruna anytime. I am indeed so happy for this great victory. NWACHUKWU Onyinyechi (Congo Brazzaville) after beating Egypt 4-2 in women’s doubles final We lost to the Egyptians in 2012, but this year we were determined to win and my partner really helped me because when I serve, I know she will follow it up very well. My partner played with pimples and they found it hard to play with her. HAN Xing (Congo Brazzaville) after beating Egypt 4-2 in women’s doubles final We were relaxed in the match and we were so determined to win. I was sure before the match we are going to win and I am happy we won. In the semifinal against Nigeria, we were also relaxed and whenever we were relaxed we always win. So we were not nervous throughout the match. MAKANJUOLA Kazeem (Nigeria) after winning the men’s doubles final 4-2 against compatriots We were so clam during the match and when the match was 2-2, we changed our tactic and we were also lucky to win the sixth game because we were leading 10-5 and they met at 10-10. So it was nobody's game. Aruna and I have been partnering ourselves as junior players and we played the doubles at the 2013 Kuwait, Qatar and Spanish Opens. So we are used to each other. ARUNA Quadri (Nigeria) after winning the men’s doubles final 4-2 against compatriots I think the semifinal match against the Egyptians was our best match in this doubles event because it was our never-say-die attitude that helped us to come from 3-1 down and leveled 3-3 before finally winning the match. So in the final, we were used to our opponents and when the game was 2-2, we decided to calm the game and ensure that we secure our victory. I am happy that we are wining our first title as doubles partner.
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