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Squash 2017: Kawooya stamped his authority on the game

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 2nd January 2018 12:56 PM

Kawooya's Kigali success followed a semifinal finish at the 22nd Squash Junkies in the Netherlands.

Squash 2017: Kawooya stamped his authority on the game

Michael Kawooya (left) receives the overall winners trophy from Prime General Supplies' Kifle Degefa. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Kawooya's Kigali success followed a semifinal finish at the 22nd Squash Junkies in the Netherlands.

 
 
Uganda's Seed-One Michael Kawooya continued to prove he was still a force to reckon with in the sport, when he won two tournaments in 2017.
 
After losing the Kabaka Birthday Squash tournament 3-1 to Ian Rukunya early in the year, Kawooya recovered to beat his main rival 3-2 in the Prime General Supply Squash tournament at Kampala Club.
 
Kawooya, who is keen on regaining the Nile Special USPA Squash player of the Year award from his compatriot Ian Rukunya then later in the year registered another victory in Rwanda. Kawooya beat Rwanda's Christian Hambiana 3-0 (9-11, 10-12, 8 -11) to win the CSK Squash Championship, his first foreign win in 2017.
 
His Kigali success followed a semifinal finish at the 22nd Squash Junkies in the Netherlands. There, he overcame five players Pasqude Ruzicka, Guld Ploem, Marc Lehmann, Marc Ploem and Mike Gaede before bowing out in the semifinals. This was Kawooya's 4th competitive tournament in the year as he prepares himself for the upcoming Commonwealth Games Australia Gold Coast 2018.
 
He had earlier in the year registered another semifinal finish in the Fitlinks Open International in Belgium on top of being a quarter finalist in the Parklands Open in Nairobi.
 
USPA Squash Player of the Year 2016 Ian Rukunya continued from where he had stopped the previous year by beating Kawooya 3-1 in the finals of the Kabaka Birthday Squash tournament at Kampala Club in April.has opened the door to get more victories over his rival.
 
It was sweet victory for the seed two who has always played second fiddle to Kawooya in several local competitions and had last registered a win over the seed one four years ago.
 
The 3-1 win for Rukunya in the Kabaka's tournament was a morale booster for the seed two who vowed to defend it in 2018.

 Ian Rukunya (left) and Michael Kawooya pose with their trophies after the PGS squash tournament at Kampala Club on June 10 2017

USRA chairman JB Tusingwire welcomed Rukunya's win saying it was a sign that the sport was not stagnant.
 
Rukunya's biggest win of the year came in November when he won the Nakuru Open.Rukunya beat Paul Kadoma 3-2 in an all Ugandan final to win the KenGen Nakuru Open for the second year running.
 
The Uganda seed two consequently bagged the biggest prize of sh30, 000 (Ksh), while Kadoma got Ksh20, 000.
 
Rukunya beat John Kahara 2-0 in the second round after a bye in the first, before eliminating Jay Shah with the same score in the third. He then saw off another Ugandan, Makerere University's Joel Kasibante 2-0 in the quarter finals before eliminating Leon Keya with a 3-1 win in the semis.
 
On his part Kadoma who was playing his first final in Kenya, beat Paul Kiambuthi and Peterson Karingithi with a similar 2-0 score in the first and second rounds respectively before eliminating Sam Kyagulanyi and James Dalidi 3-0 and 3-1 in the quarter and semifinals respectively.
 
The two were then joined by Michael Kawooya and seven other Ugandans in the Parklands International Open tournament at the Parklands Sports Club, where Rukunya made the quarter finals. The Ugandan team was captained by Sam Kyagulanyi.
 
At the Parklands Open, it is where Kadoma registered arguably his best achievement in the sport, to-date when he won the event.
 
This was on top of semifinal finishes in the Kabaka's and Prime General Supplies tournaments and runner-up slot in the Nakuru open.
 
Samuel Kyagulanyi was the other Uganda Squash Rackets Association top performer in the year with semifinal finishes in the Kabaka's and Prime General Supplies tournaments as well as a quarter and second round outing sin the Nakuru and Parklands tournaments in Kenya.
 
 
 
 

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