Top seed James Matewere has lived up to his promise of winning the General Alliance Insurance Squash Tournament title for the third consecutive time after beating his rival Julius Taulo 3-0 in the final on Sunday.
The three-day annual contest, which attracted 40 contestants, started on Friday at College of Medicine (CoM) Sports Complex in Blantyre, where Matewere underlined his supremacy with four thumping victories.
“I always practise what I preach. I have baptised these youngsters and I do not think anyone will ever snatch the crown from me any time soon. I am very happy to keep the trophy for a third year running; I am slowly but surely making it a personal property,” he said.
Nevertheless, Taulo attributed his loss to an ankle injury he sustained during the final.
“I desperately wanted to end Matewere’s reign but the injury let me down. All the same, I congratulate the champion. Next year, I will do my best to grab the crown,” Taulo said.
In third-place encounter, Aubrey Taulo beat Chikumbutso Mkutumula 3-0.
Hackson Methiwa won the B-category title with a 3-1 victory over Alex Kateleka while Russell emerged champion in the C-category following a 3-0 win over Scevar James.
General Alliance Insurance Company’s corporate development manager Hastings Kapesa thanked the players for a good turnout and he promised continued sponsorship.
Squash Malawi president Jimmy Kawaye appreciated the insurance company’s financial backing and urged other corporate firms to take part in promoting and developing the minority sport. n