Tournaments

13 Apr 2019

A series of outstanding performances, the player to shine on the penultimate day of play, Friday 12th April, at the 2019 Africa Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships in Accra was Nigeria’s Emmanuel Augustine.

Quarter-final places at stake, a young man with no current world ranking, in both the under 21 men’s singles and junior boys’ singles events, he reserved his place amongst the last eight names.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the under 21 men’s singles second round he beat Egypt’s Omar El-Hamady, the no.2 seed (12-10, 11-13, 11-6, 6-11, 18-16, 12-10), prior to overcoming Congo Brazzaville’s Michel Lignandzi (14-12, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6) to reserve his quarter-final place.

Similarly, in the second round of the junior boys’ singles event he upset matters, he accounted for the no.2 seed, Algeria’s Abdelbasset Chaichi (11-6, 6-11, 6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8) to keep hopes of an unexpected podium finish alive.

Otherwise, for the top names it was progress to the quarter-final round and in the under 21 men’s singles competition better news for Abdelbasset Chaichi; alongside colleague Azzeddine Lazazi and Egypt’s Mahmoud Helmy, he booked a last eight place.

Egyptian hopes alive, it proved very much the same scenario in the junior boys’ singles competition; leading names, Ahmed El-Borhamy and Marwan Abdelwahab duly advanced to the later stages as did Tunisia’s Youssef Ben Attia, the top seed.

The quarter-finalists decided, in the cadet boys’ singles event the semi-finalists are known, in the junior boys’ doubles, the finalists; the name to note being Nigeria’s Jamiu Ayanwale. In the junior boys’ doubles final, in partnership with colleague Azeez Solanke, the pair confronts Marwan Abdelwahab and Egyptian colleague, Gawad El-Herazy. Meanwhile, in the cadet boys’ singles semi-finals, Jamiu Ayanwale faces Tunisia’s Habib Ameur; also from Nigeria’s Taiwo Mati meets Egypt’s Mohamed Sameh.

Play in Accra concludes on Saturday 13th April.

2019 Africa Youth, Junior and Cadet Championships: Newsletter No.7 (Friday 12th April)

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