20 Feb 2017

Tanzania and Kenya win World Team Cup qualification

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Photo: Suzie Dyrbus, ITFTanzania in men's doubles action

Tanzania defeated host nation Kenya 2-1 in the men’s final and Kenya earned a comfortable victory in the women’s final as the BNP Paribas World Team Cup African Qualification came to an end on Sunday in Nairobi.

Tanzania’s men and Kenya’s women have now qualified for the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Sardinia on 1-7 May.

Collins Omondi gave Kenya the lead in the men’s final courtesy of his 62 75 victory over Juma Hamisi. Novatus Temba continued his fine form in Nairobi to level the final after beating Peter Munuve 60 62 and Juma and Temba went on to take the crucial deciding doubles rubber to secure Tanzania’s victory and qualification berth after defeating  Munuve and Rajab Athman 63 61.

While Kenya finished runner-up in the men’s event, there was better new for the home fans in the women’s event after Jane Ndenga and Phoebe Masika won both singles rubbers in their final.

Masika eased pat Lucy Shirima 63 60, but Ndenga had a tougher time of it in the second singles rubber before digging deep to defeat Selemani Rehema 75 75. With Kenya having an unassailable 2=0 lead the doubles rubber was not played.

There was a deciding doubles rubber in the men’s third-fourth place play-off between Egypt and Cameroon. After two relatively one-sided singles rubbers, Mohamed Aly and Mohamed Abdel Hafez earned Egypt a 2-1 victory after defeating Paul Bessegui and Jemmene Christian 64 61.

Meanwhile, Akanbi Kazeen’s 36 60 62 victory over Francis Boateng was the first of two wins in the singles rubbers as Nigeria beat Ghana 2-1 for fifth place, with the doubles rubber not played.  

Neither of the doubles rubbers were needed in the women’s play-offs between Egypt and Morocco and Ghana and Cameroon.

Egypt finished third after Neama Ahmed claimed the second singles rubber against Morocco’s recent Naroni Open champion Najwa Awane 62 46 63. Meanwhile, Ghana’s Vida Antwi and Bridget Nartey both secured straight sets singles wins to earn fifth place for their country.