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EZULWINI – From the onset, he never disappointed as he showed hunger for the crown in the United General Insurance Squash Singles tournament.

That is Ezulwini Squash Club star Sifiso Musi, who emerged the champion of the tournament hosted at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel on Saturday. Musi convincingly won the male category while the female category was won by Tanele Mantimakhulu. Musi cruised to a 3-0 in his opening game and went on to win by same margin against Nontokozo Dlamini in the quarter-finals. He then got a bye in the semis before meeting up with Kim Roques in the final but still kept a cool head to win 3-1.  The over 50 squash fans who came to witness the games predicted that he was the man to watch and could win the tournament. Musi’s journey to claiming gold was not an easy one but determination and passion saw him win the championship. The experienced squash player who started playing in 2015 is not new to being a champion. He won a singles tournament in April this year and has made podium finishes in international tournaments like CSIR Club Championships in 2016. The winner took home a trophy, gold medal, racket and a night for two at Swazi Lizkhar.

Speaking after winning the tournament, Musi said he was happy to have won the title. “The scores may look like I was having it easy but all the three sets in all my games were very tough. I am very happy that I managed to win this tournament. This means a lot to me as a squash player,” Musi said. Meanwhile, in the ladies category, Mantimakhulu beat all her rivals by 3-0 in the round robin system. When interviewed before the start of the tournament, she was optimistic that she would win the tournament and she lived up to her words. Ezulwini B were also crowned United General Insurance League champions during the prize presentation. The league was sponsored to a tune of E40 000 by the insurance company.

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