Squash Team’s Performance Satisfactory

| April 9, 2015

Botswana squash coach, Moses Tshiamonyana has expressed satisfaction at the team’s performance during the 2015 All Africa Under-19 championships.

Though the hosts finished the competition without medals or trophies, Tshiamonyana stressed that his young team played well.

The girls team performed better compared to their male compatriots with Chadiwa Moyo, Boitumelo Nkgageng, Tebogo Ntusa, Seabe Molosankwe, Ashante Tabengwa and Shato Manisa making it to the top sixteen.

The boys who made it to the last sixteen were Theo Pelonomi and Elias Sibanda while Mickey Joseph won the plate competition. Tshiamonyana said his team was still on a development phase, adding the team was made up of young players when compared to other team with the oldest being 15 years old.

He said because most of them were playing for the first time in a big tournament, they did well. He explained that the team was only assembled in 2013 and the championships gave the players a chance to improve their African rankings.

The seven day team and individual events competition ended at the National Squash Centre in Gaborone on Saturday evening with favourites Egypt emerging winners in both the team and individual categories.

Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe were also among countries that took part in the competition.

The final of the ladies individual event saw Mariam Metwally from Egypt defeat her compatriot Mayar Hany 3-2 to clinch the title.

The battle started with Metwally winning the first two sets 11-5, and 11-8 points.

However Hany fought back to win the next two sets 8-11, and 9-11 to force the match into a deciding set which Metwally won 11-8.

Metwally sailed to the final after beating Lida Calitz of Namibia beating her 3-0 in the semifinal, while Hany battled out with Mariska Wiese of South Africa.

The men’s final also saw Egyptians fighting for the title, and Amr Arafa easily beat his countryman Saadine Ehab 3-1.

African Federation of Racket Squash president, Hany Hamouda graced the event and said he was impressed.

With regard to the championships he said Botswana successfully hosted the event and as the federation they backed the bid by Botswana because they had trust that the hosts would pull out a good competition.

Botswana Squash Rackets Association chairperson and organising committee director, Pule Tangane said although the championships went well, financial challenge was their only obstacle.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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