AMIR Hussain is taking the Bury Table Tennis League by storm after making the Junior Championship final and winning eight of his nine games for Ramsbottom Table Tennis Academy B.
Not bad for an eight-year-old.
The Oldham-based primary school pupil has trained at the academy for the last two years, but only started to play competitive games four months ago.
In that time he has scored two trebles for his Division Five side and won through to the finals night of the league’s under-18s competition.
His dad, Khamal Hussain, will be playing for Ramsbottom Cricket Club in the doubles final on the same night.
“Amir first got interested in table tennis a couple of years ago after watching me play and has really taken to it,” said Khamal.
“I realised very quickly that he was talented and he’s naturally very competitive, so I approached Victor Shiguang – the Scottish national coach, who lives in Manchester.
“He has been working with him for about two years and Amir has even been over to a couple of training camps in China.
“I know it’s only early days, but Amir is very determined – he wants to be the best in Britain.”
The young prodigy has already won two one-star tournaments – for novices – at the biggest regional table tennis event in Blackpool and has trained with the England U13s at Lilleshall.
He will be returning to Lilleshall in the summer, but before then there is the small matter of a grudge match against Dean Clyne in the junior final on April 17.
The 18-year-old, who plays for Division Two champions Maccabi A, beat Amir 3-1 in the round-robin stage of the tournament.