New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Mafabi Under Heat

DEFENDING champion Kevin Mafabi is up against a tough challenge in the Uganda table tennis Open that rolls off with the junior's category today.

The event starts at Kololo Secondary School before action shifts to the MTN Arena, Lugogo tomorrow and on Sunday.

Mafabi emerged winner three years ago but the event has not been held for the last two years. The champion could face his old rivals including Ronald Nyaika who is the top seed.

Mafabi defeated Jackson Migadde to take the title but the latter is not competing this time round.

He is playing semi-professional table tennis in France. Matches between Mafabi and Nyaika are normally interesting and competitive.

Earlier on, Nyaika beat his rival to the Jinja Open title but it was a different story in the Mombasa Open with Mafabi emerging the victor.

Another meeting between the two players will be worth watching.

The two experienced players could face the challenge of youngsters including Gilton Chellibe from Mbale Club. Chellibe has already shown what he is capable of doing by beating Nyaika in the Mbale Open.

In the women's category, top seed Amina Lukaaya and Amina Namaganda are the main title contenders.

Lukaaya will seek revenge after going down to Namaganda in the Mbale Open and Jinja Open held earlier on.

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