The K200 000 (about $500) Mercury Squash scheduled to start today (Friday) at College of Medicine in Blantyre has attracted 32 players from all the three regions of the country.
The tournament, which will be played in categories A and B, will see Malawi’s number one player James Matewere featuring in Division A alongside Aubrey Taulo, Julius Taulo, Donald Gondwe, Stephano Simwayo, Chikumbutso Mkutumula, Chembe Matewere, Yonah Thom, Auswell Chilapondwa, Jimmy Kawaye, Allan Alidi, Chisomo Mwathunga, Cloiester Chideru, Gordon Benbow and James Jamu.
Category B will have Chisomo Taulo, Zanga Chimombo, Thiba James, Osman Alidi, James Chapukira, Kingsley Gwaza, Chimwemwe Mangani, John Melrose, Hackson Methiwa, Mwai Walasi, Roy Miller, Scevar James, Chris Matewere, Crispin Kulemeka, Matthews Mtumbuka, Paresh Tanna and Bonaventure.
Squash Malawi president Jimmy Kawaye expressed satisfaction with the turnout.
“The response has been great and more encouraging is the fact that all the three regions have been represented. This shows the sport has grown. The other encouraging factor is the presence of so many youthful players. This is a guarantee of the continuity of the sport in the country. The youth represent the future,” he said.
In the first eight Category A matches today, Taulo faces Alidi at 4pm, Matewere plays Chilapondwa at 7.15, Julius Taulo lines up against Mwathunga at 4.30pm, Gondwe faces Cloister at 8pm, Simwayo takes on Benbow at 5.15pm, Mkutumula squares up against Kawaye at 8:30pm and Chisomo Taulo faces Matewere at 15.45pm.