NKANA's rising star, Frank Wabo at the weekend won the Bell Nkana Invitation Squash championship after a gruelling full day of squash played at Nkana Squash Club in Kitwe.
The victory by Wabo should come as great news for the Nkana Squash Club and especially national women champion Sharon Chimfwembe, who runs the junior programme at the club, and can now hope to test him at national level.
Wabo topped his group to sail through from the Knock-Out stage to make it to the last six where all players were subjected to a round-robin basis in high paced games played over five minutes.
The Nkana player beat all his competitors in the last-six blitz games to eventually garner 82 points, which were enough to get him the winners' prize.
Finishing second was Wabo's local rival and his Nkana teammate Tendai Boti, who amassed 75 points from all the day's games and this relegated another Nkana player Michel Mwanza into third place after he finished with 67 points.
Mwanza's score edged out Nchanga's highly promising starlet Alfred Muma, who finished with 66 points to take fourth position and can hope to further challenge the Nkana group for future national honours.
Muma's clubmate Paul Chanda took fifth position for his 45 points with the sixth place going to Njavwa Sichamba of Nkana, who ended the competition with a respectable 43 points.
Chimfwembe took seventh place after getting 40 points and was the best-placed female player in a tournament where both sexes were placed in one draw.
Fred Chishimba and Chisunka Chimba finished in position eight and nine after finishing with 39 points and 37 points, respectively.
Nkana Squash Club secretary Mwewa Kapata described the championship as a huge success despite Konkola not turning up.
He expressed excitement at the levels at which the players exhibited their competence and ability.
"I would like to thank all the players for participating and also thank the sponsors Muchachi Enterprises without who the tournament would not have been possible. It was a great tournament and standards were high," Kapata said.