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Hana Goda: The 15-Year-Old Sensation Dominating African Table Tennis

Hana Goda won the ITTF Africa Cup when she was 14 in Lagos and became the youngest player to win the championship.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 18th September 2023
Hana Goda

At just 15 years old, Hana Goda is taking Table Tennis, Ping Pong, or whatever you call it by storm and making headlines with her remarkable achievements. From becoming the youngest national champion in Egypt to dethroning seasoned winners, her journey is nothing short of extraordinary.


Hana Goda’s journey began at a tender age when she showcased early promise that hinted at her exceptional talent. At 11 years old in 2019, she held the top spot in the ITTF Cadets category, designed for players under the age of 19. It was a sign of things to come, foreshadowing her rapid ascent in the world of table tennis.


Goda’s exceptional talent quickly propelled her to become Egypt’s youngest-ever national champion. This achievement was a testament to her dedication, hard work, and innate ability to excel in the sport.


At just 14 years old, Hana Goda etched her name in the annals of African table tennis history. She became the youngest table tennis player to claim victory in an African senior continental event. Her triumph in Lagos last year was nothing short of remarkable, signaling her arrival as a formidable force in the sport.


The ITTF-Africa Cup Gold


Goda’s ascent continued as she clinched the gold medal at the ITTF-Africa Cup, one of the most prestigious continental table tennis competitions. Throughout the tournament, she displayed dominance, winning her group-stage matches in straight games.



In the quarter-finals, she faced Nigerian legend Olufunke Oshonaike and emerged victorious with a commanding 4-0 victory. She then squared off against the six-time African senior champion, compatriot Dina Meshref, in a tough battle. Goda’s resilience prevailed as she secured a 4-3 win.


In the finals, she faced surprise finalist Fatimo Bello and wasted no time in asserting her dominance with a convincing 4-0 victory, clinching the coveted title. Her performance at the ITTF-Africa Cup solidified her reputation as one of Africa’s brightest table tennis prospects.


Continued Success


Earlier this year, in Nairobi, Hana Goda defended her title in a thrilling match against compatriot Dina Meshref, showcasing her composure and skill in a nail-biting 4-3 finish. Her ability to maintain her high level of play under pressure demonstrated her maturity and potential for greatness.


Promising World Championship Debut


Despite her extraordinary success, Goda faced challenges on the international stage. In her debut appearance at the 2023 ITTF World Championships held in Durban, South Africa, she made it to the round of 64 before facing a formidable opponent in Chinese Taipei’s LI Yu-Jhun. Although she exited the tournament with a 4-1 loss, her participation at such a prestigious event marked another milestone in her promising career.


Triumph at the 2023 ITTF African Championships


On Sunday, Hana Goda added another remarkable chapter to her burgeoning career. She dethroned her compatriot Dina Meshref in the final of the 2023 ITTF African Championships. Despite her young age, Goda displayed remarkable prowess, securing a convincing 4-1 victory over the defending champion, Meshref.



Hana Goda’s journey in African table tennis has been nothing short of phenomenal. Her remarkable achievements at such a young age have left an indelible mark on the sport. As she continues to hone her skills and compete on the international stage, the future looks exceptionally bright for this rising star, and the world of table tennis eagerly anticipates her next incredible feat.


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