African women’s table tennis champion, Funke Oshonaike, climbed up 20 places in the current rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday.
Oshonaike moved up from the 210th position to 190th. Her teammate, Edem Offiong, climbed up 19 places from 212 to 193 in the rankings.
The current rankings make Oshonaike and Offiong the second and third best female players on the continent behind Egypt’s Dina Meshref, who is ranked 100th – eight places above her 108th position in January.
But Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri dropped a spot in the rankings after his quarter-final exit at the ITTF World Tour, Hungarian Open, in January.
The 28-year-old is now ranked 26th in the world. Quadri was the first African to be ranked in the top 25 in the world.
Quadri’s rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar, dropped six places from 45th to 51st position.
Seven-time Olympian, Segun Toriola, is ranked Africa’s third-best player with 2072 points.