Kenya’s Changawa beats Nedim of Ethiopia to ad­vance to sec­ond round of Africa tour­ney

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY WIL­LIAM NJUGUNA/

Top seed Kenyan Ish­mael Changawa beat Ethiopia’s Ab­dalla Nedim 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Africa Na­tions Cham­pi­onship at the Nairobi Club yes­ter­day.

Changawa set­tled early and out­played his Ethiopian op­po­nent 3-0 lead amid an ar­ray of serves and pow­er­ful ground strokes.

Nedim re­cov­ered briefly as he re-grouped to re­duce the mar­gin to 3-2 af­ter win­ning the fourth and fifth games. Changawa won the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead but Nedim clinched the sev­enth game to trail 3-4. Changawa inched closer by win­ning the eighth game to move to set point but an er­ror in the ninth game saw Nedim re­duce the mar­gin to 5-4.

Changawa then closed out the set in the fi­nal game. A fired up Nedim fought back in the sec­ond set and broke Changawa’s serve to take a 2-1 lead.

Changawa bat­tled to win the fourth to tie the set and stepped up a gear to win the next two games for 4-2 lead.

Changawa went on to clinch the sev­enth game for 5-2 lead be­fore a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion saw him lose two games in a row to lead 5-4. He even­tu­ally closed out the set to move to the sec­ond round. Petty Ananda edged Fabrice Tuy­ishime of Rwanda 6-4, 6-2 to ad­vance.

Kevin Cheruiyot also ad­vanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Michael Amon of Ivory Coast while Ibrahim Ki­bet fell by the way­side as he lost to Mo­hammed Ali Bel­lalouna of Tu­nisia 4-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Nine coun­tries are tak­ing part in the week-long tour­na­ment in­clud­ing hosts Kenya, Congo DRC, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Ethiopia, Tu­nisia, Congo Braz­zav­ille and Gabon.

/ENOS TECHE

Kenya’s Ibrahim Ki­bet in ac­tion dur­ing the African Na­tion Cup 2016 at Nairobi Club on Novem­ber 7, 2016.

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