Congo’s Saheed Idowu is ranked 7th in Africa and 160th in the World according to the latest ITTF rankings during the weekend.
The Ibadan born table tennis player told www.aclsports.com attributed lack of tournament to his drop at the ranking.
He expressed optimism returning to the top five ranked player soon.
Idowu said, “About my latest ranking, I feel happy seeing myself among Africa top players in the world but I know I can do better. Before now, I have been ranked number 149 in the world but in the last two months, I have missed some African tournaments which has affected my ranking”.
Idowu said plans are underway to attend world championships and African Cup before the 2019 All Africa Games.
He said, “I am looking forward to world championship first and also African cup before all Africa games. I believe that I am going to move forward in the ITTF rankings after attending some tournaments”.
Latest ITTF World ranking released yesterday
African stars ranking
1st Aruna Quadri (Nigeria) 25th in the world
2nd Omar Assar (Egypt) 44th in the world
3rd Ali Mohammed (Egypt) 110th in the world
4th Saleh Ahmed (Egypt) 128th in the world
5th Segun Toriola (Nigeria) 135th in the world
6th Omotayo Olajide (Nigeria) 136th in the world
7th Idowu Saheed (Congo) 160th in the world
8th Assar Khaled (Egypt) 182nd in the world
9th Kherouf Sami (Algeria) 196th in the world
10th Bode Abiodun (Nigeria) 199th in the world