South Africa, Zambia set the pace in Squash Championships

All Africa Senior Squash Championships

The All Africa Senior Squash Championships got underway in Windhoek on Tuesday with the favourites Zambia and South Africa winning their opening matches.

In Pool A, South Africa A went to the top of the log after easily beating Zambia B 9-1.

South Africa number one Rodney Durbach beat his Zambian counterpart Mwansa Chileshe 3-0 (11-7, 11-4, 11-1), while South Africa’s number two, Charito Potgieter beat Enos Mwale 3-1 (11-7, 10-12, 11-4, 11-4).

South Africa’s top female player Siyoli Waters was far too good for Namweene Muchaile, winning the match 3-0 (11-2, 11-1, 11-1).

In the other Group A match Namibia got off to a losing start as they went down 6-3 to debutants Botswana.

Botswana’s number one, Alister Walker comfortably beat his Namibian counterpart Marco Becker 3-0 (11-3, 11-2, 11-6), while Botswana’s number two, Lekgotla Masope beat Namibia’s Andrew Forrest 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-3).

Namibia’s only victory came in the women’s match with number one Isabel Schnoor beating her Botswana counterpart Lady Leburu 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-5).

Becker said he tried to put Walker under pressure but it did not work.

“It was a good match and a privilege to play against Alister. I tried to adopt an attacking game, but it is difficult to put him under pressure,” he said.

In the afternoon matches, Namibia registered their first victory of the championships with a dramatic 6-5 win against Zambia B.

Becker beat Mwansa Chileshe 3-3 in a gruelling five-setter (9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8), while Isabell Schnoor beat Namweene Muchaile 3-0 ((11-3, 11-4, 11-4).

Namibia’s Henry Smit however lost 3-0 to Enos Mwale (11-9, 12-10, 11-3).

In the afternoon, Botswana registered their second successive victory, beating Nigeria B 6-3. Alister Walker beat Tunde Ajagbe 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-4), and Lekgotla Mosope beat Sadiq Taiwo 3-0, but Nigeria’s Lungdi Dasbak beat Leungo Mothlabane 3-0.

In Pool B, Nigeria A and Zambia A were the early front runners after beating Mauritius and South Africa B by the same score, 7-3, respectively.

Nigeria’s top male player Wale Amao beat his Mauritian counterpart 3-0 (11-3, 11-0, 11-2), and Nigeria’s number two male Jonathan Peters beat Christian Bezandry 3-0 (11-0, 11-5, 11-1), but Nigeria’s top female, Yemisi Olatunji lost 3-1 (11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7) to Vanessa Florens.

Zambia’s top male player Kevin Ndhlovu beat his South African B counterpart Michael Wood 3-0 (11-5, 11-1, 11-4), while Zambia’s number two male Mwinga Lengwe beat Jean Pierre Brits 3-0 (14-12, 11-8, 11-5).

Zambia’s top female player Sharon Chimfwembe however lost 3-1 to South Africa’s Senade Haupt.

The results of late matches on Tuesday were as follows:

Pool A
Nigeria B 6 Namibia A 3
South Africa A 9 Botswana 1

Pool B
Mauritius 6 Namibia B 4
Zambia A 7 Nigeria A 4

The complete results of Tuesday are attached.