29 December 2012

Zambia: Top Squash Thrills On

THE childhood rivalry between two Copperbelt bred squash stars, Kelvin Ndhlovu and Mwansa Chileshe is set to be reignited today as they fight for accolades in the season-closing Zambia Squash Association (ZSA) Top-Eight Championship this weekend.

Groomed from two rival clubs, Chibuluma and Nkana, the two players were each other's worst rivals for all Zambian junior titles and in this two-day national seniors' championship, the rivalry, which has also taken them to South Africa, comes back for the local fans at the Lusaka Squash Club.

They are now both based in South Africa now.

Ndhlovu, however, edged out Chileshe for a place in the senior national team which went to Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Both in the country on holiday, the Top-Eight Championship comes as a great opportunity for the ZSA to see the foreign-based players compete against the locals as Zambia prepares for the All-Africa Senior Challenge to be held in Namibia from February 12 to 23.

Other players in the competition joining Ndhlovu and Chileshe, are Manda Chilambwe, Enos Mwale, Frank Wabo, Kafwimbi Nkole, Ngosa Musonda and Alfred Muma.

With sponsors coming back on board to aid the sport back on its feet, ZSA president Norena Chitembe is excited to have some of Zambia's top-notch players taking part in this prestigious tournament.

This Top-8 Championship will feature the best eight players who qualified after last weekend's knock out stage.

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