Burundi continues to rein in East Africa after winning the East African Junior Championships in Dar es Salaam. The team continued to display fantastic tennis at the Gymkhana Grounds in Dar es Salaam where the tournament took place for 7days between the 12and 18 of January 2014. The host nation, Tanzania held on to second position for the second year running.
In the boys U16 singles, the match played between Tanzanian Tumaini Meshuko and Rwandan Ernest Habiyambere most probably displayed the best tennis when they met in both tournaments, with Meshuko triumphing on both occasions.
The championships continued to display a high standard when Burundi’s Mariam Mujawimana met Tanzania’s Georgina (Kemi) Kaindoa in the finals of the first and second tournament with a three set match which saw Mariam as the better of the two.
Sudan, Seychelles and Comoros competed with nothing but effort and determination, with Seychelles and Comoros returning to the Championships for the first time since the Championships started, however they failed to outperform Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania and ended in 8th and 9th position.
The Kenyans continued to struggle however their 12 & under boys dominated in the category with Keean Shah and Ryan Randiek scoring top positions, ending first and second respectively with promising performances from both.
The closing ceremony was graced by the regions’ President and CAT Vice President Patrick Gishira, he commended all participating nations and players and congratulated Tanzania Tennis Association for a well-managed and organised tournament.