23 February 2013

Zambia: Squash Team Mints Silver

THE Zambia Squash team, for the second successive time, minted a silver medal after losing to South Africa in the finals of the 2013 All-Africa Squash Championships held in Windhoek, Namibia.

Zambia fell prey at the hands of South Africa on Thursday night to miss out on the gold medal following a 3-0 defeat Sharon Chimfwembe suffered against South Africa's Siyoli Waters in the first match.

But Zambia bounced back with a win in the second game through Kelvin 'Kelvinator' Ndhlovu, who is the country top seed and based in South Africa, winning 3-2.

Things were just not going as planned for Zambia, who were aiming for gold, as Mwinge Lengwe was humbled 3-1 by Christo Potgieter for his team to clinch a gold medal.

South Africa's B team won the bronze medal after beating Botswana 6-3 in the third place playoff as Nigeria landed of fifth-place after beating its A team 6-0.

Other matches played on Thursday saw Namibia beating Mauritius 6-4 in a close encounter to finish seventh in the competition with the Zambia B team finishing ninth after beating Namibia B 6-0.

With the team events coming to an end, the Zambian players were yesterday attempting to win individual accolades in the men and women singles competition that was expected to be played on a knock-out basis.

But the Zambian players should brace for stiff competition from the likes of Alister Walker of Botswana, who is the tournament men's top seed, Rodney Durbach of South Africa being the second seed and Ndhlovu is seeded third while Potgieter of South Africa is seeded fourth.

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