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9, 10 years old Mustapha brothers eye future Nigeria Open titles

9, 10 years old Mustapha brothers eye future Nigeria Open titles

The Abuja-based duo of Musa Mustapha and Mustapha Mustapha are confident of winning the Nigeria Open title and other international titles in nearest future.

Musa Mustapha, 9, and his elder brother Mustapha, 10, are among the 101 men table tennis players who will be battling to share $46,000 prize money of the ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open ongoing at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Although it is the first time ever the brothers are participating in an international competition the kids are in the right direction after naming former world champions now world number 3, Timo Ball and Harimoto Tamokazu who is world number 6 as their role models.

“I hope to win the Nigeria Open in the future,” said 9-year-old Musa Mustapha.

“My role model is Japan’s World No.6 Harimoto Tamokazu.”

The brothers who started playing table tennis a year ago lost their first group game at the 2018 Nigeria Open but according to Mustapha Mustapha, they have learned a lot so far and are determined to perform well in the U-21 singles.

“We began playing table tennis in 2017, said Mustapha Mustapha.

“This is our first international tournament and we have learned a lot even though we lost our first group matches.

“My role model is Germany’s world No.3 Timo Boll.”

The brothers who are certainly the youngest players at the tournament will be playing in the U-21 men’s singles

By: Tope Adefala

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