Canaan Queens Represent Nigeria at 2024 African Club Table Tennis Championship in Libya

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…Nigerian table tennis community rallying behind the team for a stellar performance

Benghazi, Libya – The much-anticipated African Club Table Tennis Championship kicks off today in Benghazi, Libya. Among the distinguished participants is the Canaan Table Tennis Club of Calabar, proudly representing Nigeria in the female category NEGROIDHAVEN can report authoritatively.

The Nigerian team, known as the Canaan Queens, will face off against the Libyan ladies in a high-stakes quarterfinal match scheduled for 5 PM Nigerian time. This tournament is crucial as it serves as a qualification for the World Club Championship, adding significant pressure and excitement for all participating teams.


Official Communication and Acceptance

In a recent official correspondence addressed to President Ishaku Tikon of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), the Canaan Table Tennis Club confirmed their acceptance and readiness to represent Nigeria in the championship. The acceptance letter, signed by Chief Orok Otu Duke, highlights the club’s enthusiasm and preparedness for the competition.

The communication read in part as follows:

“Dear President Ishaku Tikon (NTTF),

“With reference to your letter conveying your approval for the nomination of Canaan Table Tennis Club of Calabar to represent Nigeria in the 2024 African Clubs Table Tennis Championship in Libya from 25th – 27th June 2024 in the Female Category (vide letter; NTTF/02/PD/VOL.11/06, dated 4th June 2024), we write to inform you of our acceptance and readiness to represent Nigeria in the above-named Competition (in the Female Category).”

The letter highlighted: Offiong Edem, Fatima Bello, Cecilia Otu, Idongesit Udoka and Vivian Oku; as well as Orok Otu Duke (Chairman), Effiowan Ntiero (Secretary), Anthony Essien (Admin) and Richard Edem (Coach) respectively as players and officials that would make up the Team/Delegation.

Chief Orok Duke (middle) with Canaan Queens flanked to his sides

Event Overview and Team Prospects

The championship, organized by the Libyan Table Tennis Federation and sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), runs from June 25 to June 27, 2024. The competition will see leading clubs from across Africa vying for supremacy in both men’s and women’s categories.

Canaan Queens, arriving with high spirits and determination, are poised to make a significant impact in the tournament. Their participation not only marks a significant milestone for the club but also for Nigerian table tennis on the continental stage.


Hospitality and Equipment

The event prospectus details meticulous arrangements for equipment, including Butterfly Space Saver 25 tables and Butterfly R40+ stars balls. Delegations are expected to stay at the designated official hotel, with penalties in place for any deviations.


Final Thoughts

Feelers suggests that as the tournament unfolds, all eyes in Nigeria will be on the Canaan Queens and their performance against formidable opponents. “The entire Nigerian table tennis community, along with fans back home, are rallying behind the team, hoping for a stellar performance that could pave the way to the World Club Championship”, a source stated.