Malezi’s Butoyi beats Hussein


Published on 31/05/2009

By Oscar Pilipili

National singles’ champion Aziza Butoyi of Malezi won her first match at the Nairobi secondary schools tennis trials at Sadili Oval Sports Centre.

At Jim Davies Tennis Academy, the three-day Wanjiku Ngaruiya Madaraka Day junior tournament served off with much enthusiasm.

The Nairobi-based Burundian, Butoyi, beat Fatuma Hussein of State House by straight sets of 4-0, 4-0 to qualify for the second round.

She said: “My target is to qualify for the nationals and defend the crown.” The 19-year-old is in top form after winning the ITF/CAT Money Circuit women’s singles at the Nairobi Club last weekend.

Butoyi’s compatriot Maria Godson, who was also in the Nairobi team last year, beat Hussein 4-0, 4-0 in a women’s singles match, yesterday.

Aziza Butoyi during the Nairobi secondary schools tennis trials at Sadili Oval Sports Centre. Photo: File

Malezi extended their dominance to the boys’ category as Yasin Shaban defeated Emmanuel Aduli from Starehe Boys Centre 4-0, 4-0 in a singles match.

Term two

Nairobi Secondary School Sports Association (NSSSA) secretary, Moses Mbuthia, is confident they would retain the trophy during the national term two B championships in Malindi in August.

“There is no doubt Nairobi will win lawn tennis because we’ve the best players in the country,” said Mbuthia.

He said tennis committee has planned a series of trials to ensure the best players qualify for the nationals. “The intention of NSSSA is to give our players a chance to qualify for the nationals,” Mbuthia said.

Malezi players led Nairobi’s successful campaign at the national games in Machakos last year.

First round

In the Wanjiku Ngaruiya tournament, Petty Andanda overcame Dhruv Chudasama 5-3, 4-0 in a girls’ under-12 first round match on Saturday.

Andanda is one of the players from Kibera-based Zion Zone Tennis Initiative managed by veteran player Veronicah Osogo.

She said: “I want to play well, win all my matches and carry the trophy home.”

Pareet Chudasama beat Aahil Saleh 4-1, 2-4, 4-2 in a boys’ singles under-10 match that was the longest of the day.

Ronan Kotecha beat Gaurav Medirata 4-1, 4-0, Emil Teja overcame Ryan Randiek 4-1, 4-1 while Omar Gulam defeated Gidoomal Dhiren 4-2, 4-1 in the other boys’ under-10 ties.

In the girls’ category, Tayo Adetunji beat Ella Bardoville 4-0, 4-0, Abigael Tater Harte overpowered Elain Adanga 4-1, 4-1. Isaya Etale from Zion Zone beat Eric Gakunga 4-1, 4-0 while Livingstone Kimani hit Rooney Wandati 4-2, 4-0 in the boys’ under-12 encounter.

The tournament is organised in recognition of former junior champion Ngaruiya’s contribution to tennis.

Ngaruiya ruled the roost in the early 2000 before she went to pursue further studies abroad. She graced the event on Saturday.

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