Kenya Golf Union (KGU) today (Wednesday) named a strong squad of eight golfers to compete at the 18th edition of East African Challenge Cup set for next week at Gymkhana golf Club in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
The team will be on course to retain the trophy they last won in 2013 held at Great Rift Golf Resort in Naivasha and it was the 12th time Kenya team won the overall title in the five East Africa country competition that consists host Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi and Rwanda.
Top golfers in the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) leads the park and top juniors from Kenya Junior Golf Union (KJGU) were given the priority.
From KAGC, Alfred Nandwa from Kenya Railway Club will be the captain of the Tanzania squad and sits 4th in the KAGC ladder, Edwin Mudanyi (Vet Lab) currently second following his win at Kabete Open, Mike Kisia (Vet Lab), Samuel Njorge (Kenya Railway), series leader John Karichu of Limuru and Dennis Saikwa from Royal club.
Top Juniors who were picked from KJGU by order of merit are Agil Is Haq from Nyali and Kibugu Mutahi of Muthaiga will be on the course.
Captain Nandwa said the team is in high spirit following the intense training from their coach John Van Liefland.
“We are hoping to play very well because of the good training we have had. The good play will definitely give us a win in Tanzania,” said Nandwa adding that they have a strong team under Liefland and they have been training since they left Uganda last month when they won Victoria Cup.
The trophy last year was won by Ugandan side held in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia but Nandwa was optimistic they will snatch the title from the neighbours.
“We are hoping to play well in Tanzania and get back our trophy won by Ugandans in Ethiopia. We managed to beat them on their home turf during Victoria Cup and that shows, if we play well, we will win,” said Nandwa.
Uganda and Kenya tied on 16 points in last year’s events but the former retained the trophy as defending champions they won in 2015 in Rwanda.
The team will be travelling to Tanzania on Tuesday where the first round of singles will take place on 24th August followed by second and third rounds of Foursomes and Four ball better ball before the final round of singles.