Mwinga Lengwe scooped the first prize of $1 000, trophy and a shield after emerging winner of the Safeguard Zimbabwe Open Squash Men’s Singles Final played at Suburbs Squash Club yesterday.
Lengwe beat fellow countryman Ken Mwape 3-0 to win the coveted title. Lengwe had every reason to smile after the men’s singles final, as he was on the losing end in the men’s doubles final.
“I am happy that I won the men’s singles final; I enjoyed the game. We play in Pretoria for different clubs. It was an emotional game, but it was not ill-mannered,” he said.
“We tried our best in the doubles final. We were even lucky to reach the final because I am based in South Africa and my partner is based in Zambia.”
Mwape got $700 and a shield while Admire Magwaza (Zimbabwe) received a shield and $250 for coming third in the men’s singles.
Lengwe and Enos Mwale (Zambia) lost 3-0 to Mike Burns and Neil Nesbitt, as the Zimbabwean duo yet again clinched the Zimbabwe Doubles Open Championships.
The Zimbabweans walked away with $500 and a shield for winning the competition, their ninth doubles title. The Zambians received $250 and a shield for being runners-up.
Zambian Sharon Chimfwembe failed to defend the women’s singles final losing 3-0 to Sharon Le Roux from South Africa. Le Roux received $750, trophy and a shield while Chimfwembe got $400 and a shield.
Faizal Jassat from Zimbabwe beat Mark Dixon (Zimbabwe) 3-0 to win the veterans’ category. Jassat scooped $300, Dixon $150, with both walking away with shields.