Africa Online Chess League: Uganda C out to topple Nigeria B

Paul Kafuko

Uganda C go into the second round of the Africa Online Chess League looking to topple table leaders Nigeria B.

The side captained by Ezekiel Matsiko collected four points against Namibia A on the opening day of the league, and now have a chance of ascending top with victory over the early pacesetters.

Nigeria B comfortably saw off Zimbabwe A in the first round, with the side picking up maximum points that meant a brilliant start for the West Africans. They lead the table standings with 6points, but a slip tomorrow against the East Africans will see them drop down.

Uganda’s other two sides Uganda A and Uganda B face off in the second round. The two sides, led by Fide Master Harold Wanyama and Paul Kafuko respectively as their captains will be involved in a domestic affair and the two captains meet on board one.

Wanyama’s teammates FM Patrick Kawuma, Walter Okas and David Muwanguzi will tussle it out against Thomas Katairo, Nelson Mubiru and Ronald Lwebuga respectively. Both sides have four points to their name.

Second placed Zambia A has a date with South African side RSA Juniors in the second round. Like Nigeria B, Zambia A won both their sets last weekend. Brian Mung’andu, Andy Thawete, Evans Chitula, Charles Hapaku and Anthony Van Evans turn out for Zambia A. The side will look to maintain their winning momentum.

Opponents RSA Juniors, meanwhile, will field Keith Khumalo, Masiya fundo, Mello Nkwali and Vusumuzi Mlahleki.

Another local affair will see Zimbabwe A take on Zimbabwe D. following their first round loss, Zimbabwe A will hope to resurrect against their countrymen, but Taurai Chinoruma and Tatenda Melisa Zengeni plus their teammates are equally in dire need of points, having lost one of their sets in the first round against RSA Juniors.

Namibia A who received a bye in the first round play Nigeria D that has the highest number of players. Ten players including Diran Ogugbola, Smion Emenaiky, Godbless Enenifa, Emmanuel Nwanchuku, Victor Abiodun, Ebenezer Deletimi, Igegat Nteobong, Uchenna Oyebuchi, Moses Chayi and Happy Vuakpor all turn out for Nigeria D.

Lastly, Zambia A meets Nigeria A and Namibia A receives a bye in this round.