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Pool: Mansoor Bwanika, Rashida Mutesi win the 2021 Grand Open championship

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National reigning champion Mansoor Bwanika and Rashida Mutesi are the Grand Open first edition champions.

Mansoor Bwanika beat national team captain Alfred Gumikiriza 9-4 in the final to be crowned. Whilst Mutesi outclassed Justine Nampeebwa in the 8-4 thriller to win the women category.

The three day championship which started on Friday 19th climaxed on Sunday 20th March 2021 at Pot-It-Bar in Najjanankumbi.

 

In the semi-final, Bwanika eliminated Mustafa Bwiire and Gumikiriza beat Akampulira 7-4 and 7-5 respectively to reach final.

 

National team captain and also 2011 national champion Alfred Gumikiriza aka “Black Sheep” beat Godfrey Ssetumba 7-5 in a highly contested quarter-final tie to storm semi-finals.

Gumikiriza staged a spirited come back to win Ceasar Chandiga 6-3 in the round 16.

Reigning champion Mansoor Bwanika beat Habib Ssebuguzi 7-5 in a tight contest to book a semi-final slot.

In the round of 16, Bwanika outclassed 2016 champion Sulah Matovu 6-3 to reach quarter-final stage.

Mustafa Bwiire lost a bloody semi-final tie to seed four Mansoor Bwanika 7-4 while Alfred Gumikiriza beat Richard Akampulira 7-3 of the series in a race to seven.

In the quarter-final, Lukia Nayiga came from behind three games beat Sharon Mirembe 6-3 to book a semi-final tie with a her elder sister Mutesi Rashidah.

Rashidah Mutesi outsmarted Faith Nganda in a 6-2 thriller to reach semi-final stage.

In the other day’s quarter-finals, Ankah Sheillah beat Prossy Namuli 6-1 before she lost a semi-final 7-5 tie against Justine Nampeebwa who beat Michelle Nandawula 6-5 in the quarter-final

Mutesi staged a classic show against her sibling Lukia Nayiga winning the tie 7-3 to storm final.
A total of 144 players 90 of whom were men took part in the tournament.

Prize money
Men
Mansoor Bwanika (champion) – 2M
Alfred Gumikiriza 1M
Richard Akampulira – 500,000
Mustafa Bwiire – 250,000

Women
Rashida Mutesi (Champion) – 1M
Justine Nampeebwa – 500,000
Ankah Sheillah – 250,000
Lukia Nayiga – 125,000

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