Five Ugandan Players Qualify For Table Tennis Regional Championships

Eddy Omongole, Jonathan Senyonga, Ludia Natunga, Amina Lukaya, and Rita Nakhumitsa will play in the quarter-finals slated for Friday.
Results for Group stages Women's Singles
Five Ugandan players have qualified for the quarter-finals of the International Table Tennis Federation -ITTF Africa Eastern Regional Singles Cup.

The competition kicked off on Thursday with teams from 7 countries pitted into three groups in the men's and women's singles groups.

Each country including Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Djibouti, and Somalia among others fielded 2 players in each category while Uganda as hosts fielded 4 in each category. So out of the 8 players, 5 have qualified for the quarter-finals.

Eddy Omongole, Jonathan Senyonga, Ludia Natunga, Amina Lukaya, and Rita Nakhumitsa will play in the quarter-finals on Friday.

 Omongole beat Senyonga 3-0, Nakhumitsa beat Djibouti's Rahma Houssein 3-0, Somalia's Sadiya Omar 3-0 but lost to Saba Alema of Ethiopia 0-3.

Lukaya defeated Neema Mwaisyula of Tanzania 3-0, teammate Regina Nakibuule 3-0 and earned points from a walkover match against Eritrea‚Äôs Fertuna Hagos . 

Meanwhile, Natunga won 2 of her three matches that is 3-1 against Fesahaye Mengistab of Eritrea, 3-0 against Somalia's Dheman Mahdi Mohamed but lost to Ethiopia's Marta Meshesha. 

Head Coach, Jude Mutete lauded the team for a putting up a great ping-pong showpiece amidst last-minute preparations and limited training.

The national team was selected on Wednesday night, which Mutete says could have affected the performance of Sam Mbabazi, Regina Nakibuule and Atwif Sentamu who did not go past the group stage. 

He is however optimistic that out of the five players, two will definitely play in the semi-finals because Lukaya will play against teammate Nakhumitsa and Omongole who is ranked in the world just like Kenya's Brian Mutua.

Omongole is ranked 610 in the world while Mutua is number 682 in the world and 38 in Africa.

The overall winners in the men's and women's singles will get US $400 (approximately Shillings 1.4 million), 2nd placed players will get US$200 (around Shillings 760,000) while 3rd and 4th placed players will get $ 100 US Dollars (approximately Shillings 360,000).

The winner of the championship in the men and women's category will participate in the Olympic Qualifier to be held in Tunisia early 2020. 

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