*We would go beyond third position in subsequent event – Babalola
By Olaoluwa Aro
Adel Hamek of Egypt has won the Singles event of the African Badminton championship in South Africa. While his compatriots Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel won the Doubles and they won the overall team title.
Kate Foo Kune of Mauritius won the Women’s Single. South Africa’s Michelle Butler-Emmet and Jennifer Fry won the Women’s Doubles title and Adries Malan and Jennifer Fry also won the Mixed Double.
Captain of the Nigerian national badminton team, Gideon Babalola, has the believes that the country’s badminton would put up a more credible performance in subsequent events after they came 3rd at just the concluded Africa Badminton championship held in South Africa.
“I want to first give almighty God the glory if not we might not have participated in this year’s event, for we went through lots en route the championship.
“More so, I believed we have learnt a lot and I can assure you all that subsequently we would make the country proud more as we hope to take part in much events of badminton” Babalola, a staff of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) submitted.
Also speaking at the final day of this year’s event, Bronze medallist in female single’s event Dorcas Adesokan “let me attribute our not too impressive performance too lack of players as we got tired when the event became intense’ she said.
It would be recalled that Nigeria badminton came third in the team’s event while Dorcas Adesokan won bronze medal at her single’s event, Zeinab Momoh and Dorcas Adesokan both clinched bronze at the doubles event.
However this year’s Africa Badmiton Nations Cup log shows Egypt booking the first position, host country, South Africa who were paired in the same group with Nigeria came second as Nigeria finished third on the log.