In Summary
  • Zimbabwe, on 28 points, took bronze at the Karen Country Club in Nairobi while Botswana came in fourth with 22 points
  • The biennial tournament attracted six nations with Malawi and Swaziland dropping out due to lack of players
  • The tournament featured all four lawn bowling disciplines with Kenya’s men's team grabbing gold in the singles, silver in the pairs and bronze in both trips and fours

The African State Bowls Championships wrapped up on Saturday with Kenya finishing second with 29 points as South Africa garnered 36 points to strike gold.

Zimbabwe, on 28 points, took bronze at the Karen Country Club in Nairobi while Botswana came in fourth with 22 points followed by Namibia (16) and Zambia (13).

The biennial tournament attracted six nations with Malawi and Swaziland dropping out due to lack of players.

Fridah Mwangi lost 9-21 to her opponent from Botswana, Boikhutso Mooketsi, in the women’s contest, robbing Kenya the chance of being in the medals bracket for the singles.

The tournament featured all four lawn bowling disciplines with Kenya’s men's team grabbing gold in the singles, silver in the pairs and bronze in both trips and fours.

MAJOR CHALLENGES

The women's team was outclassed by Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia in the singles and by Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the fours, leaving them with silver medals in the trips and bronze in the pairs. Kenya showed great improvement by taking the overall silver medal compared to the last championships held in South Africa in 2017 where they left with a bronze medal.

Lack of public training greens in the country was one of the major challenges facing the Kenyan players and their coaches.

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