As a cadet and junior player, Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz dominated the annual ITTF African Junior Championships in 2015 and 2016 but the teenager is cautions of the threat Nigerian players might pose to his ambition at this year’s tournament in Tunis.
The Germany-based player however, dismissed Nigerian players’ threat which he said would not stop him from ruling in Tunis next month.
“There is no doubt Nigeria and Egypt are fierce rivals in Africa and the quality of Nigerian players are really very high. As much as I will be careful whenever I am playing against any Nigerian, I am fully sure that they cannot prevent me from retaining my title in Tunis.
“The teams that are very strong and remain threats to Egypt most times are Nigeria and Tunisia but we will surely do our best in the tournament. I hope the Egyptian team will be ready and we can achieve what we did last year in Algeria.”
A confident Abdel-Aziz Youssef is optimistic of clinching four titles again this year.
The young Egyptian who plies his trade with Hohenstein in the third division of German Bundesliga league said: “I am looking forward to win the singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team events titles again in Tunis just like I did last year in Algiers. I hope I can also repeat such feat in Tunisia.”
He however admitted that winning all these titles would not be on a platter of gold as there would be more challenge from other top players. “I expect that winning the title again will be difficult as there are many respectable players but I hope to win the title this year also. I hope I can because I have been practicing well in Germany but I must admit it is not easy because the competition is always very hard.”