TANZANIAN Emmanuel Mallya lost by 2-1 sets to Rwandan Ernest Habyambele in the mouthwatering 2013 ITF/CAT East African Junior Championship Under-14 category final match held at Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club (DGC) in the city yesterday.
The final which drew two high class junior tennis players in the Eastern Africa zone, took almost three hours for Habyambele to emerge the winner in front of a handful of Tanzanian fans.
In the last day of the six-day long championship sponsored by Tanga Cement, that brought in Tanzania at least 62 junior tennis players from seven countries, another Tanzanian Georgina Kaindoa lost to Burundian Mariam Mjawimana for 2-0 sets in U-14 girls category.
Saturday was yet another good day for Team Burundi as it's another player; Abdul Shukuru won the final U-12 boys category match against his fellow countryman, Jonathan Mugisha. Another final matches held late yesterday were U-16 category boys whereby Tanzanians Goodluck Mollel played against Tumaini Martin and Tumaini won 2-0 sets.
Youths from Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Rwanda, Burundi and hosts Tanzania were participating in the junior tennis championship sponsored by Tanga Cement Company Limited through its famous brand, Simba Cement to the tune of about 21m/-.
The 2013 ITF/CAT East African Junior Championship that ended in Dar es Salaam yesterday was qualifying test for the ITF/CAT African Championship that will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in March, this year. The competition was closed yesterday evening during a colourful prize giving ceremony attended by all players, trainers, Tanga Cement and Tanzania Tennis Association (TTA) officials.