Kenyan Beach Games: Njogu, Ominde seal semis spot in beach tennis

Kenyan Beach Games: Njogu, Ominde seal semis spot in beach tennis

Kenyans Albert Njogu and Derrick Ominde secured semi final places after defeating Karisa Hassan and Kazungu Kesi in straight sets (6-4,6-0) in men's beach tennis at the ongoing NOCK Beach Games in Kilifi.

The Kenyan pair had earlier outclassed Ugandans Simon Ayella and Jonathan Mugisa in the men's double in the round of 16.

In beach soccer where 24 teams battled it out in this year's games, Watamu cruised to the final and now await to learn their opponent between Yanga and Likoni who face each other in a Sunday morning semis clash.

Watamu booked their final spot after thrashing El Control 7-5 in a mouth watering encounter at the shores of Buntuwani Waterfront Park, Malindi.

Answar Shamun solely carried Watamu with his four goals proving to be enough to help the Coastal based side advance into the final showpiece.

Former Bandari FC midfielder Wilberforce Lugogo could not inspire his side El Control to victory despite his well taken brace in the early stages of the second phase.

On the other side, Mombasa Olympic cruised six goals past Malindi Queens to book a final date with M.T.G , who had earlier humiliated Oceania D by thrashing them 7-0.

Oceania D will now look for a third place finish when they play Malindi Queens in a third play-off match scheduled on Sunday morning.

Elsewhere,John Paul Makona emerged the overall winner in elite men's Aquathlon,covering 625 kilometres on time to edge out Joseph Okal and Trevor Mwamisi who finished second and third respectively.

In the women's category,Aisha Nasser managed to handle the pressure from Vivian Hiller to take top spot with Deya Shah settling for bronze in what was a tight race.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K),Secretary General Francis Mutuku said they are using these games to recruit players for the Africa and World games set to be staged in Tunisia and Indonesia later this year.

" We hope to have our camp by May so that we can prepare adequately for the African games. We believe the squad we are going to recruit in Malindi will have all what it takes to rise the Kenyan flag in the World Champions as well." Mutuku said.

On her side,Kilifi County CEC for Sports Dr. Dama Masha expressed her gratitude to NOC-K for giving Kilifi a chance to host such a big event.

The CEC further noted that, Kenya has a wealthy of talents and believes the selected team will represent the country well.

"We have seen it all here. There's no doubt that we can make it in the Africa games,we have very talented players in almost all disciplines. They(NOC-K) have done a tremendous job in preparations for these games and we hope to collaborate with them again in future."

The two day event has attracted more than 700 participants with curtains coming down in a closing ceremony on Sunday evening.


Kilifi NOCK Beach Games

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