Photo: Suzie Dyrbus, ITFGambia's men's team
Gambia claimed the first deciding doubles rubber of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup African Qualification on the second day of play in Nairobi, while Egypt’s men’s and women’s team both registered victories ahead of Saturday’s last day of round-robin ties in Kenya.
Sanyang Ousman kept Gambia’s hopes alive in their opening tie of the week against Tanzania at the Nairobi Club after Tanzania’s Yohana Mwila had beaten Kujabi Salifu 62 62 in the first singles rubber. Ousman also dropped just four games against Novatus Emmanuel Temba, winning 6-4, 6-0 to send the tie to a deciding doubles rubber, which Ousman and Salifu won 76(3) 26 (10-1) to five Gambia a 2-1 victory.
Gambia and Morocco go into their crucial final Pool 2 round-robin tie both having one win apiece.
Egypt and Nigeria also have one win apiece in Pool 1 after Egypt secured a 3-0 win over Kenya.
Youssef Mahmoud got Egypt off to a comfortable start after he beat Pete Munuce 63 62 and although Mohamed Aly had a more difficult test against Caleb Odiyo, Aly still held on for a 75 63 win to give Egypt an unassailable lead. A thrilling doubles rubber again went to a championship tiebreak, but Ahmed Farouk partnered Aly to edge out Munuve and Rajab Abdallah 76(5) 67(2) (12-10).
On a good day for Egypt’s players, Shaimaa Abdellatif beat Lucy Shirima 61 64 and Neama Nour also dropped just five games against Rehema Selemani as Egypt defeated Tanzania 3-0. Abdellatif and Nour beat Bihawa Mustafa and Selamini 62 62 in the doubles.
After winning its opening tie against Egypt 3-0 on the first day of play, host nation Kenya will now play Tanzania.