*Fatigue, money and exposure were causes of loss to Egypt
By Olaoluwa Aro
Nigeria badminton players, through their captain, Gideon Babalola, despite an initial loss at the opening game have submitted that there are hopes for them at next phase of the ongoing Africa badminton championship taking place in South Africa.
According to Gideon Babalola, he believes that what they passed through at the group stage has helped himself and the entire team to focus ahead of the singles.
‘Well, our performance at the group stage was not bad going by the teams we were paired with, having lost 3-2 to the host South Africa at the first group match. And we bounced back in next two matches against Mauritius with 3-2 triumph over them and we defeated Algeria at last group match 3-2 before we proceeded two hours later to take on Egypt’. Gideon accounted.
Also speaking was the vice captain Fatai who shed more light on their semi final defeat to Egypt 3-2 saying “we tried our best but our capability was not enough to curtail the faster and better exposed Egyptians. Our biggest liability was exposure and enough money to bring enough players. You can imagine after two hours of the last group match we then took on Egypt, apparently we don’t have more hands thus we all were tired.”
He shared his view as regards Dorcas Adesokan’ performance at the semi final against Egypt. Dorcas lost on 19 points as against 20 points of the Egyptians due to experience. Her opponent has been in the game before the arrival of Dorcas who is just coming up in the game” he noted.
Both the team captain and vice captain assured Nigerians to keep calm as they would make the country proud in the next phase of the competition which is the singles event.
Earlier in the championship team Nigeria lost 3-2 to South Africa, defeated Mauritius 3-2 and beat Algeria 3-2 before they lost 2-3 to Egypt.
However the singles event starts Wednesday at 2pm Nigerian time.