South Africa captured gold and bronze when the team event at the All Africa Squash Championships was concluded this afternoon at the Wanderers Club in Windhoek after an intensive 3 days of pool matches .
In the semi finals, played on Wednesday evening, the South African A side accounted for the South African Under 23 team by two matches to nil.
Siyoli Waters dropped the first game to Tukkies medical student Senade Haupt, but then rolled off the next 3 to give the senior side their first point. Potchefstroom University student, Christo Potgieter, clinched the match when he defeated fellow student, Jean Pierre Brits in straight games.
Zambia A faced Botswana A, which was lead by the world number 14 ranked player Alister Walker. Sharon Chifwembe, attacking from the start, gave Zambia their first win when she outplayed Leungo Mothlabane for the loss of only 9 points while Mwinge Lengwe accounted for Legotle Mosope also in straight games.
In the final, a repeat of 2011 in Johannesburg, Siyoli Waters allowed Chifwembe no latitude, racing through the match in less than 10 minutes. Veteran of all 3 All African events ( 1996, 2011 and 2013) Rodney Durbach faced Kelvin Ndhlovu. In a tough encounter, Ndlhovu eventually levelled the match at 1 match all, after edging through in the fifth game.
Potgieter, who is now ranked in the top 10 in South Africa lost the first game to Lengwe. The second game was a protracted affair as Lengwe battled to take charge of the match but it was Potgieter, who edged through at 12-10. Thereafter it was one way traffic, with the young athletic Potgieter in complete control winning through 11-0 11-2.
The third and fourth play-off turned into another triumph for the South African Under 23 team. Haupt, who earned her first National cap in 2012 at The Women’s World Team championships in France had little difficulty in beating Lady Lebura in straight games 11-3 11-4 11-3. Walker levelled the match for Botswana as he cantered though in straight games against Tukkies student, Michael Wood. The pressure was on Brits but he turned in a disciplined display to beat Mosope in straight games and claim the bronze for South Africa.
The Individual championships start on Thursday evening at the same venue with the finals on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday 22nd February 2013, Positional Play-offs:
Final: South Africa A 2 Zambia A 1
Rodney Durbach 2-3 Kelvin Ndhlovu 4/11, 11/5, 5/11, 11/5, 1/11
Siyoli Waters 3-0 Sharon Chifwembe 11/2, 11/3, 11/5
Christo Potgieter 3-1 Mwinge Lengwe 8/11, 12/10, 11/0, 11/2
3rd South Africa Under 23 2 Botswana 1
Michael Wood lost to Alister Walker 5-11 8-11 2-11
Senade Haupt bt Lady Lebura 11-3 11-4 11-3
J P Brits bt Legotla Mosope 11-5 11-9 11-5
5th Nigeria b 2 Nigeria A 0
Sadiq Taiwo bt Jonathan Peters 11-6 11-6 11-3
Longdi DAsbak bt Udeme James 11-4 11-7 11-5
7th Namibia A 2 Mauritius 1
Marco Becker bt Xavier Koenig 11-7 11-6 11-3
Adri Lombaard lost to Vanessa Florens 2-11 7-11 0-11
Henry Smit bt Christian Bezandry 6-11 11-9 11-8 11-9
9th Zambia B 2 Namibia B 0
Enos Mwale bt Michau Basson 11-6 11-3 11-4
Monica Chimese bt Trix van der Westhuizen 11-4 11-6 11-5