Tough Preliminaries for Bridge Team

| May 11, 2015

The national bridge team is facing tough opposition at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt in the opening matches of the eighth African Bridge Championships.

At the end of the third day in the open championships event after the completion of the first six complete round robins, South Africa, on 81.64 points, opened a small gap over Tunisia who are on 80.69 points.

The hosts and defending champions, Egypt, are on the third spot with 68.14 while Botswana complete the line up in fourth place with 9.53 points. In the opening matches, Botswana lost their opening game 32-67 to Tunisia, 11-104 to Egypt and succumbed to a 6-96 score line against South Africa.

Botswana has sent a youthful and promising team to the South Sinai Peninsula city and the pairs of Letsogile Mafa with Keoagile Chamo, Mbakisi Malilo and Prince Ramoseki and lastly Tebogo Kubanji and Glod Maele will be hoping to match their bidding technique against their tried and tested opponents in the week long tournament.

The African Bridge Federations had expected at least seven countries to participate in the closely contested tournament but Kenya, Morocco and Reunion Republic did not show up citing several reasons including, amongst others, security concerns and budgetary constraints.

Perhaps the most surprising absence is of Reunion Republic who has never missed a single edition of the championships and hosted the last edition, which was won by Egypt.

Egypt has been a force to reckon with in the tournament having won the first edition they hosted in 2001 and the succeeding tournaments in Johannesburg, Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh.

South Africa won the 2007 tournament which was played in Kenya and the 2011 edition played in Tunisia.

Not only are the championships set to determine the champions of Africa but will also decide the berths for the Bermuda Bowl, Venice cup and d’Orsi Bowl. The winners and runner ups to these tournaments will book themselves a passage to India for the World teams’ championships that will be held in India in September this year.

The eventual Africa champions will face off with the likes of current world champions Italy and other powerhouses like China and Russia.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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