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Oldest champion ever

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th October 2008 03:00 AM

OVER two decades after he won his first national title, veteran table tennis player Paul Mutambuze reclaimed Uganda Open glory on Saturday after easily beating seed two Kevin Mafabi in straight sets in the final.

OVER two decades after he won his first national title, veteran table tennis player Paul Mutambuze reclaimed Uganda Open glory on Saturday after easily beating seed two Kevin Mafabi in straight sets in the final.

By Norman Katende

Uganda Open finals
Open
P. Mutambuze bt
K. Mafabi 3-0
Disabled
G. Kato bt A. Mukasa 3-2
Cadet
K. Mafabi bt A. Manzi 3-1
Team
Casablanca bt Fotogenix 3-1
Women
Open
E. Nabulondera bt
A. Namaganda 3-2
Disabled
H. Hamuka (round robin)
Cadet
N. Nabukwasi bt
R. Nakhutmisa 3-0
Team
Mbale Tigers bt
Sekanyolya 3-1

OVER two decades after he won his first national title, veteran table tennis player Paul Mutambuze reclaimed Uganda Open glory on Saturday after easily beating seed two Kevin Mafabi in straight sets in the final.

Seed four Mutambuze made easy work of Mafabi, who he beat 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 to reclaim the title he last won in 2006 at Aga Khan.

Mutambuze, in his late 40s, won his first titles in the eighties and wrote a bold statement to the table tennis technical team that more effort is needed in the development of youth structures and nurturing them.

Fotogenix’s Mutambuze has been a table tennis household name since the eighties and his win at Syttac Centre in Kampala, made up for his team’s failure to defend their title.

In the women’s event, Amina Namaganda twice came from behind but could not beat Eva Nabulondera in an exciting final.

Namaganda won the second and fourth games 11-4, 15-13, after losing the first and third 11-7, 11-9. She failed to hold her nerve in the tie breaker, going down 11-6 and settling for second place.

Oldest champion ever

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