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Uganda’s number one Oringa decries lack of competition

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Uganda’s number one Oringa decries lack of competition

Oringa easily won the men's lawn tennis singles and doubles titles at the National Inter-university Games that climaxed yesterday at UCU, Mukono. Photo by Ismail Kezaala. 

By Andrew Mwanguhya

Posted  Saturday, December 21  2013 at  00:00
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Local tennis star David Oringa thinks he has not got enough test at the Inter-University Games that ended yesterday at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono.

Ranked at 1494 as of December 2, the 20-year old UCU student was left astounded at the ease with which he brushed aside everyone in singles at the games, sailing past John Tumusiime (Mubs) 4-0, 4-0; Charles Wanyama (Mak) 6-0 (Wanyama retired 2-0 down), and Stephen Komakech (Ndejje) 6-0, 6-0.

Oringa was later to link up with Charles Kavuma in men’s doubles final to see off Ndejje’s Stephen Komakech and Nsimbi Shahiidu for UCU’s gold on Thursday.

Although satisfied with adding to UCU’s medal tally, Oringa insists he would have done with more quality from his opponents. “It was so simple,” the 20-year-old flatly said of his victories, “I’m not happy with the quality at all. Most players are playing on low speed.

“I don’t think I have been tested and given that most of the university students play in clubs, it should have been better. They lack the mental toughness. “But as UCU we are trying to get better. And personally, my ranking in the world has given me morale to train harder to lower it, although I’m still struggling for sponsors.”

amwanguhya@ug.nationmedia.com