PING Pong Star, Choolwe Hamalambo won the Second Edition of the National Junior Table Tennis Championships after beating teammate Danny Njobvu 3-2 in an exciting final played at the Olympic Youth Development Centre on Sunday.
Hamalambo, who won the first edition of the championships two weeks ago, won the first set 11-6 before Njobvu levelled the score and took the lead with two victories winning the second set 11-13 and 7-11 the third set.
The fourth set saw Hamalambo recovering well with a 11-8 win to level the score 2-all before going on to win the fifth set 11-4 to win the trophy as Njobvu settled for a shield in the under-18 boys category.
To get to the finals, Hamalambo beat Danny Zimba also from Ping Pong Stars 2-0 while Njobvu beat Asif Lulat from Home School.
Hamalambo later teamed up with Njobvu in the doubles finals beating the pair of Daniel Soko and Robert Banda, also from Ping Pong Stars, winning 2-1 (11-6, 10-12, 11-7).
The boys under-12 event was won by Mwiza Siame of Ng'ombe PTA School who beat Abraham Tembo of Olympi-africa 2-0 as Simon Mwando, also from Ng'ombe PTA School, won the under-14 category thumping teammate Elijah Mwale 3-1.
In the girl's under-18 category, Ruth Zulu of Ng'ombe PTA School emerged winner after beating Mary Mambwe from Ping Pong Stars 2-0 in two straight sets 11-7 and 11-6 as Martha Banda of Ng'ombe PTA School recovered from a set down to thump Latife Nalavwe of New Kabanana 2-1 winning 10-12, 11-9, 11-9.
Shila Mwanza of Ng'ombe PTA School beat teammate Ruth Mutailoni in straight sets winning 2-0 in the under-14 finals.
Zulu partnered with Mambwe in the doubles final beating the pair of Mwanza and Mutailoni 2-1 in set scores of 7-11, 11-5, 11-5.
And six promising players were picked during the tournament and these included Paston Njobvu of Ng'ombe PTA School and Margret Mumba of New Kabanana from the boys and girls under-14 category.
From the under-14 boys and girls category was Emmanuel Nyirenda and Esnart Mumba from Olympafrica and Chipata Basic School respectively with Asif Lulat and Mambwe from the under-18 category.
Zambia Table Tennis Association (ZTTA) patron Haroon Ghumra expressed happiness with the organisation of the tournament that attracted 103 youths and thanked various sponsors who came on board to help stage the national championships.
Ghumra thanked Modern Fabrics Limited for partnering with the ZTTA in staging the tournament and also donating the trophies and shields to the deserving winners. He praised Juicy Drinks for donating 156 bottles of water.
He also thanked Californian Beverages for the six cases of Apple Max, Zayaan Investments and Excel Zambia who donated 10 scientific calculators to the various winners and appealed to the players to practice regularly to achieve greater heights in the sport.