Mbale Progressive School and Mbale Tigers Table Tennis clubs won the recent concluded 4 days Kenya Thika Open International Table Tennis event held at Thika High School Nairobi, Kenya.

The three day’s event attracted 12 men and women clubs with several individual players coming from hosts Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi,Tanzania and Uganda who were represented by 3 teams including Mbogo High school, Mbale Progressive School, Mbale Tigers club and the rest were from Kenya.

Halima Nambozo ranked number 7 and last year’s ladies’ singles defending champion retained the title as she beat Mbale Tigers rival player and Uganda ranked number 4 female star Amina Kibone on 3-2 sets to win the 2016 Thika TT Open International championship.

Meanwhile, in the ladies teams’ event Halima Nambozo still helped her side Mbale progressive school to emerge the champions after challenging Mbale Tigers on 3-2 sets win.

In the men’s single final tie, Uganda ranked number 4 Ronald Nyaika who at quarterfinals stopped USPA 2015 Male Table Tennis player of the year Ivan Wamunsi, also in the finals beat fellow Mbale Tigers number 1 Gilbert Chelibe 3-2 sets to defend the title and won 2016 gold medal.

In the men team event finals Kenyan Kyambu County won the champions after 3-2 win victory over Kenjini club of Nakuru.

According to coach Jude Muteete, the Uganda Teams displayed good skills and performed well in the individual categories.

“Ugandan players have improved despite more physical fitness needed for all players. However, girls need to work more on their attacking skills before Mbale open event in July 2016. This Thika event has sharpened TT players as they prepare for the coming National Schools events this year at Kabarega SSS starting 14th May 2016.”

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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