*As the men play in the final too
Team Nigeria Men on Wednesday evening defeated Ghana 3-1 to book a final spot at the All Africa Badminton Championship taking place in Algeria. The Nigerian Men had defeated Morocco 3-0 in the semis. While the Nigerian women beat Egypt 3-2. They will be playing Mauritius in the finals on Thursday.
Mauritius will play Algeria in the second semis for the Men’s game.
The male and female teams are participating in the All Africa Seniors Cup of Nations and the Thomas and Uber Cup (African World Cup qualifiers).
Team Nigeria’s badminton team got off the mark on a winning note at the ongoing All Africa Men and women’s Team championship silencing the host and the crowd in the women’s category by 4-1 and the Men edged out another North African side Morocco 5-0. The Team which was in Camp in Katsina for about a month showed they were adequately prepared for the championship with their dominant display.
In the Men’s category on Monday night Africa’s Number 3 ranked badminton player and Nigeria number 1 Clement Krobapor came from a set down to beat Bilal Etharab of Morocco 12-21, 21-16, 21-13.
Anuoluwapo Opeyori who is ranked 9th in Africa humiliated Ahmed Amine in straight sets 21-1, 21-6 in 18 minutes.
Godwin Olufua who played against Anuoluwapo in the final of the Mutual Benefits National
Badminton Championship in Lagos made it 3-0 in favour of Nigeria as he defeated Yassine El Meiniss 21-12, 21-13.
In game four the duo of Enejoh Abah and Clement Krobapor beat the duo of Adam el-Mernissi and Ahmed Amine 21-12, 21-3 while Habbeb Bello and Usman Isiaq made it 5-0 for Nigeria defeating Yassine El-Mernissi and Bilal El-Harab 21-18, 21-13.
In the Women’s category Africa and Nigeria No 1 badminton ranked player Dorcas Adesokan led the way for a 4-1 victory for Team Nigeria who silenced the home fans after an emphatic victory. Dorcas beat Linda Mazri 21-12, 21-16, Halla Bouksani drew level for Algeria when she beat Zainab Momoh 18-21, 21-12, 21-10. Uchechukwu Deborah Ukeh put Nigeria ahead with a 21-12, 21-8 victory over Malak Ouchefoun in 20 minutes.
In the Doubles event any hopes held by the host were dashed as Dorcas Adesokan and Uchechukwu Deborah beat the duo of Linda Mazri and Dounia Naama 21-15, 21-7 while Zainab Momoh and Peace Orji completed the day’s victory for Nigeria winning Halla Bouksani and Malak Ouchefoun 22-20, 21-13.
Coaches in charge of Team Nigeria are Shitta George Haruna, Suleiman Tajudeen Ayodele and Omonehin Oby Mariah.
The male players who make up the Nigerian team are: Eneojo Abah, Opeyori Anuolowapo, Goodwin Olofua, Clement Krobakpo, Habib Bello and Usman Isaiq.
The female players Ukeh Deborah, Zainab Momoh, Dorcas Adesokan and Peace Orji.