12 Apr 2019

Places in the main draw at stake, first and second in each group advancing to the second stage, Nigeria’s Jamiu Ayanwale and Usman Ishola Okanlawon, alongside Tunisia’s Habib Ameur were the players to upset the order of merit, as the cadet boys’ singles event commenced on Thursday 11th April at the 2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra.

All responded to the occasion, all recorded wins against the highest rated player in their respective groups.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Jamiu Ayanwale accounted for Algeria’s Abderrahmane Azzala (12-10, 11-1, 11-7), who in his second match of the day recovered to beat Lebanon’s Jummah Ienanah (11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2) and thus kept his main draw qualification hopes alive.

Conversely, Congo Democratic’s Exauce Ngefuassa suffered defeat at the hands of both Habib Ameur (11-6, 11-6, 11-8) and Usman Ishola Okanlawon (13-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7); thus his aspirations of progress to the knock-out stage are now at an end. Usman Ishola Okanlawon and Habib Ameur meet to decide first place.

A difficult day for Exauce Ngefuassa (Photo: Nana Adarkwa)


Otherwise for the leading names it was a successful day. Tunisia’s Khalil Sta completed his group stage matches unbeaten; similarly, with matches still to complete Zayyan Hossein and Ryan Desscann of Mauritius both enjoyed a day without defeat, as did Sierra Leone’s Bredford Sawyer alongside Egypt’s Marwan Gamal and Yassin Wael.

Meanwhile, in the cadet girls’ singles initial phase, the most prominent names all ended the day without a defeat against their name. Tunisia’s Maram Zoghlami and Farah Mahjoub made positive starts to their campaigns as did the Egyptian trio comprising Hana Goda, Farida Badawy and Rouaa El-Naghi. Not to be left out, for Algeria’s Melissa Belache, it was also a successful start to proceedings.

A successful start for Maram Zoghlami (Photo: Nana Adarkwa)


Intriguing matches ahead, play in the 2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships concludes on Saturday 13th April.

2019 African Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships: Newsletter No.6 (Thursday 11th April)

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