The defeat in the final of the 2016 ITTF African Championship in Agadir, Morocco last October is still fresh in the memory of Dina Meshref and with the staging of the 2017 ITTF African Cup at same venue, the 2015 African Games champion is indeed bracing up for the oppositions from Nigeria and others.
“I know that the competition in Agadir, Morocco would be tough with a lot of worthy competitors. I am re-checking all my weaknesses that led to the defeat in October, and I am working hard in avoiding them again this time whether I play against Olufunke Oshonaike or any other player,” the women singles defending champion said.
The America University of Cairo graduate is shaping up with three-week training. “I think I had a good 3-week period to practice and prepare for the tournament, also, I believe the matches at the World Championships in Düsseldorf were good to prepare me for Morocco.”
Acknowledging the qualities of Nigerian players, Dina Meshref admitted: “The challenge will be from my teammates and the Nigerian players. I hope I can win the African Cup and qualify to the World Cup this year. It’s always great to represent Egypt at a prestigious event such as the World Cup.”
Apart from competing, Dina Meshref would want to enjoy the warm serenity in the beach city of Agadir. “I like the sea view in Agadir. Also, the Moroccans are very kind, warm and welcoming people.”