NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will enter a team in this year’s World Singles Champion of
Champions bowling competition, which will be hosted in Adelaide, Australia in
Kenya Bowling Association chairman Francis Muriithi said here
Monday that Nairobi will be represented by Benson Kariuki in the men’s category
and Eunice Mbugua in the women’s category in Australia.
"They have proved their mantle in the Africa States Tournament lawn bowling
and earned their place," said Muriithi.
At the just concluded Africa States Tournament lawn bowling in Nairobi last
week, host Kenya finished second behind South Africa. Kariuki clinched a gold
medal. Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana took part in the
The next Africa States tournament lawn bowling will be held in Namibia in
"However, Kenya still lacks behind with facilities for bowling unlike South
Africa and we want the government to come and help us," said Muriithi.
The World Singles Champion of Champions will have some of the best bowlers
from the entire five continent.
"The players at this level have proven their skills in bowling and have won
accolades in their respective disciplines. It is good to compete at the top,"
Kariuki, bowls at Karen Country club and has represented Kenya in the
Atlantic championships 2019 while Mbugua made the country’s team to the 2014
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where she played in the women’s pair and was
placed in fifth place in the pool games.
South Africa overcome Kenya to win African
State Bowls Championships
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- South
Africa reigned supreme edging out a late spirited fight from Kenya to claim the
overall title of the African State Bowls Championships in Nairobi on Sunday.
The premier Africa bowling tournament had attracted six teams: host Kenya;
South Africa; Namibia; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Botswana.
Despite Kenyan bowler Benson Kariuki beating Zambian Mathew Mercer 21-2 to
win the gold, it was not enough to secure the top spot and bragging rights for
the hosts as giants South Africa ran away with the overall title after amassing
36 points against Kenya’s 29.
Zimbabwe secured the bronze medal with 28 ahead of Botswana’s 22, Namibia’s
16 and Zambia finished last with 13 points.
Having lost one match in the round-robin, Kariuki knew he had to win his
final singles against Botswana and Zambia.
"It was a big win for me.
"This is because I lost in the pairs category so I shifted my focus to
winning the gold in singles since I had only lost one match, winning was vital
in my last singles," said Kariuki.
Kenya’s performance was an improvement from their last championship in South
Africa in 2017 where they left with a bronze medal.
"My goal is to take Kenya to the world stage and I’m thankful that everything
is slowly falling into place," said Kariuki.
The men’s fours team comprised of Cephas Kimwaki, Joseph Njagi, Joseph Kitosi,
and Waweru Ngugi won 22-11 against Labor Gaboutloeloe, John Gaborutwe, Edwin
Nyoka and Charles Liteko of Botswana.
Team manager Bernard Ndung’u said the team had done the country proud.
"The team was more prepared this year because we had a lot of time to
practice and home advantage as well.
Kenya’s ladies team did not walk away empty-handed as they excelled in the
triples category winning a silver medal as South Africa took home gold and
The tournament will next be hosted by Namibia come 2021.