Dar es Salaam. Tanzania finished third in the just concluded East African Regional Junior Table Tennis Championship in Kigali, Rwanda.
Rwanda won boys’ category event after collecting 10 points, followed by Uganda with seven points while Kenya finished third with six points.
In girls’ category, hosts Rwanda also topped it with eight points. Uganda and Tanzania finished second and third with six and four points respectively.
Tanzania fielded six ping pong players, namely Sultan Ali, Ishaka Juma and Ramadhan Msemo (boys); Alisa Bhojani, Mwanajuma Khamis and Sara Alidina. Bhojani was named the tournament’s best up-and-coming player.
The championship, which took place at the Gymnasium Green Hills Academy, KG 270 Street, Nyarutarama in Kigali, featured teams from four countries – Uganda, Eritrea, Tanzania and hosts Rwanda.
Rwanda won the boys’ event after beating Uganda 3-2. The hosts also claimed top honour in the girls’ category with a 3-2 win over Uganda.
In singles, Tanzania boys did not go beyond the first round of the regional championship.
Tanzania beat Kenya 3-1 in the boys’ category before going down 3-0 to both Rwanda. The Tanzanian boys crashed to a defeat of similar margin against Uganda.