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Accra2023: Assar/Goda win table tennis singles

Egypt’s Omar Assar and Hana Goda emerged victors in the Men’s and Women’s Singles final in the on-going 13th African Games at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).

Assar maintained the tittle he won in 2019 after defeating arch-rival Qadri Aruna from Nigeria in a thrilled final 4-3 to win his second gold medal in the continent’s sports festival.

In the women’s singles division, 16-year-old, Hana Goda who made a debut defeated her compatriot Dina Meshref the defending champion 4-2 to win the title.

Goda’s global fame came when she was 11, as she became the first African to be ranked No. 1 in the world in the U-15 cadet category when she was 12 years.

In 2023, she became the youngest to win the African Senior champion at age 15 and she is Paris-bound with team Egypt for the Olympic Games this year.

She said, ‘I can’t believe I have added the African Games tittle to my laurels, but I must admit that it was not easy especially with the sixth game I won.’

‘I was a bit nervous towards the end matc
h. This is the best moment of my career, and I cannot just imagine myself winning in my first outing. This is a great moment for me,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency