Kenya’s Brian Mutua and Ethiopia’s Marta Meshesha emerged champions at the maiden ITTF Africa Eastern Region Singles Cup held at the Pope Paul Memorial Centre in Kampla, Uganda.

The two-day tournament was hosted by Uganda Table Tennis Association (UTTA) in collaboration with Africa Eastern Region with support from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Seven countries from Eastern African region competed in the tournament and they were host, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.

11 men and 12 women started the campaign from the group stage with six of them advancing to the knockout stage of the two-day championship.

From the group stage, Kenyan Bryan mutual was unbeaten and he continued his good run to emerge as champion after a convincing 4-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9) win over Uganda’s Eddy Omongole.

Unlike Bryan Mutua, Ethiopia’s Marta Meshesha was tested in the group stage by Uganda’s Ludia Natunga in an encounter than ended in favour of the experienced Ethiopian at 3-2 (11-2, 9-11, 9-11, 11-2, 12-10). From there Marta Meshesha was not disturbed as she sailed to the final after beating Uganda’s Amina Lukaya 4-1 (11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-3) in the semifinal where she battled Tanzania’s Neema Mwaisyula.

Without much effort, she quickly dismissed her Tanzanian opponent 4-0 (11-7, 11-1, 11-9, 11-9) to claim the women’s singles title.

For their feat, Kenya’s Bryan Mutua and Ethiopia’s Marta Meshesha as Eastern Africa region champions will join the duo of Nigeria’s Fatimo Bello and Cote d’Ivoire’s Oba Oba Kitizo who are West Africa champions at the 2020 ITTF Africa Cup cum Olympic Qualifying tournament in Tunisia.

For the President of Eastern Africa Region and ITTF Board of Director (BOD) member, Andrew Mudibo, the players and host must be commended for putting up a good show.

“This is the first time that Uganda hosted the Regional event and there is room for improvement in organizing such events in future, which we do look forward to seeing improvement not just in Uganda but the whole region so that our level of organization and standards can be at par with the rest of the Africa and the world. We look forward to future events being held across the region as this is what will improve the performance of our players in major continental and international events,” Andrew Mudibo said.