13 nations that included Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Cote dIvoire, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Rwanda where divided into four groups with the top team expected to battle-it-out in the play-offs for the two tickets into the next level of the competition.
Zimbabwe managed to burry Botswana and Congo in their Group B before falling to Madagascar, the eventual winners of the group.
The countrys representatives, Mark Fynn, Admire Mushonga and Benjamin Lock who came in for the trio of Takanyi Garanaga, Andrew Mawire and Mbonisi Ndimande who represented the country last year begin their campaign with a 3-0 win over Botswana before outwitting Congo 3-0 in the second tie.
In the first tie against Botswana, Lock beat Botswana representative Lefa Sibanda, a former Zimbabwean player 6-0 6-0 while Fynn won 6-0 6-0 against Thabiso Mabaka. Fynn and Mushonga teamed up against Botswanas Alain Bemba and Gildas Leba to bury them 6-0 6-1 in the doubles. Although Congo proved a better opponent than Botswana the Zimbabwean trio walked past them before facing their barrier in Madagascar, losing 1-2.
Although Mushonga and Fynn did well in the doubles winning 7-2 (2), 4-6, 6-3 against Rasondrazana and Antso Rakondramanga their singles performance starved them of victory.Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News