The contest was predicted to be a clear-cut win for the World No.2, however the was far from a foregone conclusion as Lwamba rose to the occasion to force Coll into a succession of long rallies & unforced errors.
Lwamba Chileshe saved a couple of game balls in the first game before eventually losing 12-10 in what was a huge effort for the Waikato-based player.
In the second game, Lwamba again forced his illustrious compatriot to focus his play & produce his best squash, before Coll closed out the 2nd & 3rd games 11-8 & 11-5 to claim his sixth New Zealand national squash title.
After the match, Coll was praised full of praise for his Commonwealth Games teammate: “He played well he’s been training in England for a while and his made some improvements in his game. I haven’t played a lot of these guys for some time and it’s great to see them improving.”
Lwamba reached the final with wins over Chris Tietjen in his opening match, Manaia Murphy-Fell in the 2nd round & Elijah Thomas in the quarter-finals, before overcoming his brother & fellow #teamunsquashable player Temwa Chileshe 11-7 11-8 11-6 in the semi-finals.
Temwa Chileshe beat Chris van der Salm 11-9 11-8 11-4 to win the third-place play-off.