26 Nov 2018

Staged in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; it was the host nation and the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) who shared the honours at the Central African Region Championships held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November.

Christian Mbongia and Amma Litobka brought smiles to the faces of the home supporters, for the visitors from the opposite bank of the River Congo; there was success for Christ Bienatiki and Beria Gamago.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Christ Bientaki emerged the Men’s Singles champion; in the later rounds he accounted for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Christian Ngeleka (11-7, 11-7, 15-13, 11-8) and Gedeon Kassa (12-10, 13-15, 14-12, 11-4, 11-8), prior to securing the title at the final expense of Togo’s Desire Akakpo (11-8, 15-13, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9).

In the opposite half of the draw, at the quarter-final stage Desire Akakpo had ousted Angola’s André Elizandro (11-9, 11-7, 11-13, 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7), prior to recording a penultimate round success in opposition to Camreroon’s Derek Nyoh (11-9, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8).

Success for Christ Bienatiki; in the counterpart Women’s Singles event it was success for Amma Litobaka. She secured the title by overcoming colleague Cynthian Nzangani (10-12, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10), having in the latter stages accounted for Angola’s Ruth Tavares (7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4) and Togo’s Eli Amegee (11-7, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5) to reserve her place in the final.

An impressive journey en route to the final, for Cynthian Nzangani it was somewhat similar, she accounted for colleagues Flavia Kimbu (11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7) and Dacha Mongondi (11-6, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6) to reach deciding contest.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Boys’ Singles event, the Democratic Republic of the Congo proved dominant; they provided both finalists. Christian Mbongia overcame Noredi Bongo (11-5, 11-8, 11-8) to secure the title after having ousted colleague Exauce Ngefuasa (8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10) one round earlier. In the counterpart penultimate round contest, Noredi Bongo had halted the progress of Republic of Congo’s Regis Kiassi (8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10).

A straight games success for Christian Mbongia at the final hurdle; it was the same in the Junior Girls’ Singles competition for Francelle Gamago. She ended the hopes of the host nation by overcoming Davina Luzolo in the semi-finals (12-10, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7) and Ruth Ntela in the final (11-4, 11-7, 11-5). In the adjacent penultimate round contest, Ruth Netala had ousted compatriot, Veronique Imbi (7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7).

Honours shared but more importantly, an event to promote that can only be for the good of the sport in the region, was concluded successfully.

2018 Central African Championships: Results – Junior Boys’ Singles, Junior Girls’ Singles

2018 Central African Championships: Results – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles

General News Christian Mbongia Christ Bienatiki Beria Gamago Amma Litobka