The Kipepeo Open Squash Tournament that took place at Mtwapa Kipepeo Lodges at Kilifi County was once again a success. With an entry of about 30 players from most parts of the country, represented by teams such as KenGen Kipevu, Mombasa Sports Club, Nyeri water, Nairobi county and Kipepeo team, it proved to be an upset prone event.
It begun with Elizabeth Mulwa of KSRA beating Jobics Mireri in the qualifiers 3-0. Then Elizabeth Mulwa walloping the higher seeded Ellistone Kimega from Chase bank 3-1 in the plate Semi finals before going down to Ahmed Raza of Mombasa Sports Club 3-0 in the finals. The main event saw very competitive matches from the beginning with new faces such as Peterson Karingithi of Nyeri water upsetting the higher seeded Nick Ngari from Kengen in the quarter finals. Lastly tables were turned in the main event finals when Leon Keya succumbed to the endurance of James Dalidi a newcomer who has been improving very fast over the three years he has been in the squash scene. James Dalidi who trains at Barclays sports club displayed an array of attacking shots that were too much for Leon to handle and won the game 3-1 in a very entertaining match. It is very evident that there is a growing interest of squash in the country with new faces appearing in the scene and showing great competition.
Elizabeth Mulwa also became the champion of the ladies event after overcoming Caroline Sirali of KenGen in the finals 3-1.
Most matches were very close but eventually the players enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, Kipepeo Lodges, from the beginning to the end.
We wish to recognise the Host Kipepeo Lodges for organising the tournament for the last 4 years which has made the Kipepeo tournament one of the main events in the squash calendar. We also recognise KenGen Kipevu and KenGen team for their support and the participants who came from as far wide as Nyeri to participate in this tournament.
Below are updated draws and photos of the event