New Era (Windhoek)

18 December 2012

Namibia: University Games Pick Up Momentum

Windhoek — The 6th Federation of Africa Sports Universities (FASU) Games continue in Windhoek with football action, athletics, basketball and table tennis.

The UNAM Gymnasium was packed to the rafters in a basketball clash between Egypt and Zambia last Sunday.

In the tightly contested affair, it was the much taller and precise Egyptians who emerged on top in a hard fought 112-99 win over Zambia.

Basketball action continues today as Namibia take on Egypt. Zambia is currently leading the table followed by Egypt in 2nd place and Namibia in 3rd place. In the female basketball event on Sunday afternoon Mozambique crushed Botswana 178-34 to go to the top of the women's table, followed by Namibia and Botswana in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

At the UNAM main hall, Group-A table tennis took centre stage on Sunday afternoon with the men's doubles event, where Egypt took top honours following a string of victories against Algeria, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia. Algeria is stationed in 2nd place, while hosts Namibia are perched in 3rd place, followed by Botswana and Zambia in 4th and 5th place respectively.

In Group-B, Egypt again leads the table with victories over Algeria, Namibia, Ghana and Botswana. Algeria as expected is in second place, followed by Ghana and Botswana in 3rd and 4th place respectively, leaving Namibia in 5th place. In the ladies doubles event, Egypt is also proving to be the dominant team after beating Algerian and Namibia. Action in table tennis will continue on Wednesday morning.

In volleyball, Algeria and Botswana faced off in the first game on Sunday morning and it was the Algerians who won the match 3-0.

Today, the Namibia men's team will take on Algeria at 11h00 and on Thursday the teams which are placed first and second on the table will contest in the final match of the men's section.

Tennis action continued yesterday afternoon at the SKW courts and in the men's singles quarterfinals after byes in the first round - Namibia's Jean Erasmus took on Algeria's Bouchareb Yasser, while Harrison Zulu of Zambia faced Zimbabwean Thesly Mucunda and Zambia's Fritchard Mulenga also locked horns with Cameroonian Wanyama Chales, while Namibia's Serdyn Henco took on Algeria's Yasri Hichem.

Meanwhile, in the ladies section also at the SKW courts, Namibia's Jagau Imke faced Algerian Halimi Marwa, while Mwenge Domingo of Zambia battled it out against Gofaone Baleseng of Botswana and Namibia's Riekie Honiball took on Madisa Tumisang of Botswana, while Algeria's Fatima Boukezzi got a bye to the semi-finals.

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