Bridge Federation Assembles Egypt Bound Team

| April 16, 2015

Botswana Bridge Federation (BBF) has finalised a team for the African Bridge Federation (ABF) zonal championship billed for Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.

The zonal championships are organised regularly by the World Bridge Federation (WBF) zones. Each zone organises at least one tournament each alternating year as a qualifying event for the World Bridge Team championships.

Botswana has been impressive in the championships as they emerged on position four at the seventh ABF Championships hosted in Reunion Island. The zonal powerhouses South Africa and Egypt booked a slot at the World team finals while the locals and the hosts fell out.

Botswana had sent some of the best brains to the ABF games in the mould of Modisaotsile Dikgang, Batsho Manyanda, Omphemetse Moedi and Letsogile Mafa amongst others. This time around, Mafa who is also president of the local bridge governing body will lead a pack of three pairs to the toughest bridge tournament in the zonal league.

He will share the table with Keoagile Chamo. Mafa brings a wealth of experience having taken part in regional championships since 2002. He also attended the South African bridge Federation Congress in 2012. Notable amongst his achievements on the bidding table is the 2006 World University Championship in China and the World Bridge Mind Sport games also hosted in Beijing, China.

He also took part in the 2012 World Mind Sport games in France. Chamo was amongst the first youngsters to participate in regional bridge games when he took part in the Harare regional tournament in 1996. He also brings a bit of international experience having taken part in the World University Championships in Holland.

The team will also rely on the experience of 52 years old Alison Davis of the Gaborone Bridge club. Davis will be pairing with 24 years old Boatametse Ellece. The youngster travelled to Turkey last year for the World Youth championships.

The last pair amongst the group is of 22 years old Prince Ramoseki and Mbakisi Malilo. The pair also travelled to Turkey for the Youth championships.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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