The Democratic Republic of Congo won their second African Nations Championship in Rwanda this weekend, after two weeks of competition and an impressive final victory over Mali. With only four editions of the Championship having been held, the DR Congo - now with half of the titles - seems to be a power in the tournament, which is only open to players active within African domestic leagues. Can this translate to wider power in the future and World Cup qualifying when other teams field foreign-playing stars? Meanwhile, in the third-place game, more traditional continental power Ivory Coast defeated Guinea 2-1.
Brazil Tops Latin American Table Tennis
Led by 19-year old Hugo Calderano (gold in men's singles and team) and 22-year old Lin Gui (gold in women's singles and team), Brazil finished the Latin American Table Tennis Championships with a total of five first-places, including those singles and team placements, and mixed doubles. More impressively, Brazil swept the women's singles podium, with Caroline Kumahara and Bruna Takahashi in second and third behind Lin. This sets the team up nicely for the official Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament in April, although Calderano and the men's & women's teams have already secured berths.