Nigeria: ITTF Ranks Nigeria's Mustapha World's Number One Cadet Player

22 April 2021

The International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF, has ranked Nigerian youngster, Musa Mustapha world's best in the boys U-11 category.

The Abuja-based Mustapha has become the second African to be rated number one in the world after Hana Goda was named the best in the U-15 girls in the world in 2020.

In the ranking list released by ITTF, Mustapha with 128 points is number one U-11 while he is also ranked 17th in the U-13 category while his brother Mustapha Mustapha was rated 18th in the same cadre.

The teenage table tennis sensation, Musa was part of the Nigerian team that won the 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit in Ghana.

Interestingly, the world table tennis ruling body has also been monitoring the player in the last three years after he made his senior debut at the 2018 Nigeria Open in Lagos.

The Al-Faizun Junior Academy student is expected to be part of the World Youth Series taking place later this year in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

National junior champion, Taiwo Matti is also ranked 12th and 64th in the U-17 and U-19 world rankings respectively.

According to ITTF, the newly formed WTT Youth Series replaces the ITTF World Junior Circuit and now complemented by the new ranking regulations, being the first step in the whole sport pathway that will drive today's most promising young talent towards the pinnacle of the sport.

Portugal will host the first-ever WTT Youth Series event, with the inaugural WTT Youth Contender to take place in Villarreal from Tuesday 11 to Monday 17th May.

It will be the first youth event to be held since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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