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Algeria breaks Egypt’s winning streak with table tennis doubles’ gold medal –

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Algeria breaks Egypt’s winning streak with table tennis doubles’ gold medal

The winning streak of Egypt in the table tennis event of the 13th African Games was broken on Sunday, as Algeria claimed the men’s doubles gold medal at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana.

Egypt has claimed six of the seven titles at stake in the table tennis event but Algeria’s duo of Mehdi Bouloussa and Stephane Ouaiche came to the party in the final against Egyptian duo of Khalid Assar and Mohamed Shouman being the last match of the table tennis event of the games.

It was the Egyptians that took a lead after winning the first match at 11- 9 but the Algerians fought back to win the second and third games at 11-6, 11-9. But the Egyptians were not ready to let go as they won the fought game at 11-7 to put the match at 2-2.

The fifth and final game ended 11-7 in favour of the Algerians who claimed their first gold medal of the table tennis event to become the second best team in Ghana.

However, Nigeria and Tunisia settled for bronze medals in the doubles event but again the Egyptians claimed the overall medals with six gold medals, while Algeria won one gold while Nigeria’s duo of Taiwo Mati and Matthew Kutti settled for bronze in the men’s doubles.

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For Bouloussa, winning the gold medal in the final match of the competition was very important. “I think this is the most important match for us being the last match of the competition and winning the gold medal for Algeria was very significant. I am so happy and excited that we were able to do it on the final day,” the African Games debutant said.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian twins – Mariam and Marwa Alhodaby emerged as the women’s doubles champions after beating their Tunsian counterparts – Fadwa Garci and Abir Haj Salah 3-1 in the final held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana.

Having finished third at the 2022 African Championships as doubles partners, the Alhodaby twins claimed their first senior title as doubles partners with a flawless passage to the final.

Marwa described the victory as amazing, “We have been playing doubles events together from cadet, junior and U-21 levels with several medals but this one is special, particularly winning at such a big stage as the African Games,” she said.

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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BREAKING! Accra 2023 African Games Chieftain is dead

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Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, who superintended the 13th African Games held in Accra Ghana in February has died.

He was the Chief Operating Officer of the Accra 2023  Local Organising Committee (LOC).

According to sources in Ghana, Dr. Owusu-Ansah was a sports administrator and coach, and thus left behind, a significant legacy in the world of sports.

Dr Owusu-Ansah, a former Chief Executive of the National Sports Authority (NSA), was widely regarded as an encyclopaedia of sports knowledge.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Owusu-Ansah, a former national chief athletics coach, authored the best-selling book “Principles of Abundant Living.”

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He played a pivotal role in establishing the Department of Sports Studies at the College of Education at the University of Ghana. Additionally, he served as the Director of the Sports Directorate at the University of Ghana, Legon.

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ASFU mourns African Games 2023 chief executive, Owusu-Ansah  

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The Africa Students Football Union (ASFU) has expressed condolences over the passing of a  patron of the union, Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, who served as the COO of the just concluded 13th Africa Games held in Ghana.

Dr. Owusu-Ansah’s death was announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

According to a release by the executive secretary of the union, Femi Abioye, Owusu-Ansah until his death contributed immensely to sports development on the continent and the world at large.

He left an indelible impact on the lives of students-athletes coupled with sports administration across Africa countries.

The ASFU’s President, Prof. Oluwaseun Omotayo, who was shocked at the news of the demise of Dr. Owusu-Ansah described the deceased as a pillar, saying his departure has left a great vacuum in sports management.

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He relished the deceased contribution and unwavering dedication to ASFU, saying the Union would miss the deceased.

“We will miss Dr. Owusu-Ansah, whose contribution to sports, knew no bounds. He was always ready to serve. He helped build the Union and was pivotal to the Union programmes. We will surely miss him,” he said.

He extended the Union condolences to all those affected by this loss, praying God grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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A milestone as Egypt becomes the first country to get 100 gold medals in African Games

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A milestone as Egypt becomes the first country to get 100 gold medals in African Games

As the curtain is drawn on the 13th African Games in Egypt, the traditional overall winners, have this time hit a milestone.

They have become the first to hit a 100 gold medal mark in the 59 year history of the games.

As at Saturday morning, they have amassed 101 gold medals, 54 more than that of the second placed Nigeria

The biggest star of the Egyptian team  is swimmer Marwan Elkamash, who won five gold medals in the men’s 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 4x200m relays, all in freestyle.

But medal haul is still short that that of his compatriot, Faten Afifi who fished out seven gold medals from the pool.

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