Mohamed El-Beiali has cemented his place in the Egyptian national team. He has been an integral member of the team to several tournaments within and outside Africa.
Again, the 30-year-old will be embarking on another journey to Lagos for the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open. He has one mission in mind – to win the title like his compatriot – Omar Assar!
However, El-Beiali is aware of the task before him when he gets to Lagos. The Cairo-born athlete is optimistic that despite the growing profile of Africa’s elite tournament, he is primed to clinch the title. He missed out narrowly in 2014 when he was beaten in the semifinal by compatriot – El-Sayed Lashin.
“Nigeria Open is getting stronger every year particularly with the quality of players. This year, I am ready to fight for the title. I am aware of the quality of players coming this year. But I will try my best to make something out of it as I am ready to fight till the end,” he boasts.
‘ARUNA QUADRI HAS MADE US PROUD IN AFRICA’
Like every player who is excited returning to Nigeria, El-Beiali describes Nigeria Open as a unique tournament in Africa. He particularly highlight the friendly nature of Nigerians whose understanding of the sport cannot be underestimated. “I like people in Nigeria and I like Nigerian players. And for sure, Quadri Aruna has made us proud in Africa. Being my fourth appearances in the competition, I am hoping that I can replicate my 2014 feat where I made it to the semifinal stage,” he adds.
‘2018 NIGERIA OPEN IS GOING TO BE EXPLOSIVE!’
Furthermore, El-Beiali admits with the array of stars coming to Nigeria Open this year, it is going to be tough for every player. But as an optimist, the Egyptian star is not giving up on his dream of claiming his first title in Lagos. “I have seen the quality of players coming this year and I must confess that it promises to be explosive this year. With the huge support from the very understanding and supporting Lagos fans, I am hopeful that I can make it this year amidst the stars coming to Lagos,” he submits.
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