Table Tennis: Poor starts for Sierra Leone in African Championship

April 12, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr


Sierra Leone had a poor start to their campaign in the ongoing 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships with defeat to Mauritius and Algeria respectively.

The West African nation is placed in group A together with Mauritius and Algeria. In their opening matches, Mauritius Zayyan Hossein had a three straight sets triumph over Sierra Leone’s  (11-9 , 11-5, 11-7), while Ryan Desscann defeated Alieu Sesay (11-6,11-5,11-8).

 In the final set, Zayyan Hossein registered another straight sets win over both Bredford Sawyer and Alieu Sesay (11-5, 11-3 and 11-7).

After the Mauritius assignment, then came the Algerian battle and Bredford Sawyer went down to Abderrahmane  Azzala one set to three (5-11, 11-7, 1-11 and 5-11)

Algeria’s Abdelbasset Chaich defeated Mohamed Kamara 11-4, 11-8 and 11-1, whiles in the doubles; Alieu Sesay and Bredford Sawyer went down to Abdelbasset Chaich  and Amdjed Oustani (5-11, 7-11, 10-12).

Sierra Leone now ranked third in the group with just two points, while the Algeria stays top with four points and Mauritius in second with three points.