SFA champs a great effort to bring back squash competitiveness

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SFA champs a great effort to bring back squash competitiveness Zimbabwe men's squash team with Egyptian counterparts

The Chronicle

Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter
THE Zimbabwe A men’s team is sitting in position three of Pool A in the Squash Federation of Africa Senior Championships which are underway in Bulawayo while the B team is fourth in Pool B.

In matches played yesterday, Zimbabwe A played against Nigeria and Namibia, losing one and winning the other. Zimbabwe A won 2-1 against Namibia before they went on to lose 3-0 to Nigeria. In the match against Namibia, Malvin Mubure was beaten whil Ryan Gwidzima and Callum Lawton were victorious in their respective matches.

Against Nigeria, Zimbabwe A’s players were all beaten 3-0 to make it two wins and as many defeats so far in the tournament.

Zimbabwe men B team have played four matches to date where they have lost three and won one.

They won 2-1 against Botswana and went on to lose 3-0 against South Africa, Zambia and Kenya.

Chairman of the Zimbabwe Junior Squash and manager of Zimbabwe B team, Tatenda Mutimutema said the tournament has been great and is hoping to have the same at junior level so as to give up and coming stars the right exposure.

Callum Lawton with Egyptian player Yasin Shafei

“It was a great tournament and an excellent effort from Squash Rackets Association of Zimbabwe (SRAZ) and Squash Federation of Africa (SFA) to bring competitive squash back at international level.

We are hoping that the same will continue at junior level so that our youngsters can get exposure to the game,” said Mutimutema.

On the women’s court, Zimbabwe have won one and lost three with the win being a 2-1 victory over Zambia. The defeats were at the hands of South Africa (3-0) and Nigeria (2-1). Polite Mubure, who is the women’s number one has only lost one game from the one she has played.

Zimbabwe ladies team manager, Patricia Izzet said she is happy with the way Polite has played and the exposure will do her other teammates good.

“I’m very happy with my number one who has played amazing squash, that’s incredibly good. I think they (other teammates) are improving all the time with this exposure,” she said.

Zimbabwe Squash coach Admire Magwaza (right) give tips to a player Malvin Mubure during a Squash match between Zimbabwe and Egypt st CBC school yesterday…….Pic By Dennis Mudzamiri.

In the men’s section, Egypt are sitting in pole position of Pool A with 19 points followed by Nigeria on 15 points and Zimbabwe A on nine points. Namibia are fourth with seven points while Rwanda in fifth position have no points on the table.

Pool B is led by South Africa who are on 20 points, trailed by Kenya on 14 points and Zambia on 10 points. In fourth position sits Zimbabwe B with four points while Botswana in last position have a single point.

The final round of matches for teams is scheduled for today with the women’s final at 1600hrs and the women’s decider at 1100hrs at Suburbs Squash Club. Individual matches start on Tuesday and conclude on Thursday, which is the last day of the tournament – @brandon_malvin

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