Eddy Omongole lost to Kenyan player Brian Mutua in the men's singles
final of the 2019 Eastern Africa Table Tennis Championships on Friday at
the Pope Paul Memorial Centre.
The 21-year-old Mutua, a
student of Physical sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture
and Technology - JKUAT defeated Omongole 4-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9) .
says he did his best amidst late preparations and late selection to the
national team on Wednesday night. The26-year-old graduate of social
work and social administration said that he was unfit and unprepared for
Cue in "There was no training...
Cue out:....not even pleasing."//
Mutua who won a gold medal and trophy says the final was difficult because Omongole a lot of home support. Ethiopia's Aden Tesfeye and Kenya's Josiah Wandera were placed third and won bronze medals.
the women's category Ethiopia's Marta Meshesha beat Tanzania's Neema
Mwaisyula in the final. Uganda's Amina Lukaya and Saba Alemu of Ethiopia
finished in third position.
Mutua and Meshesha also qualify to feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualifier to be held in Tunisia next year.
However, the top players did not get cash prizes as had been announced.
Winners were promised shillings 1.4 million, second placed shillings
760,000 and shillings 360,000 for the third placed player.
the International Table Tennis Federation - ITTF Board member, Tom
Kiggundu gave US$100 US dollars (shillings 360,000) each to Mutua and
Meshesha as good will.
The President of Uganda Table Tennis
Association- UTTA, Robert Jjagwe says the Eastern Africa Africa Regional
President Andrew Mutua will have to explain why prize money has not
been handed to the winners.
The Championships attracted
participants from 7 countries including Uganda Kenya, Somalia. Also
Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti participated.