*Katsina, Lagos championships base for national ranking
Lagos state player, Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Dorcas Adesokan of Ogun were the stars of the singles event at the just concluded 1st Mutual Benefits National Badminton Championship which ended over the weekend at the Police
College, Ikeja Lagos. Opeyori who lost to Krobakpo Clement of the NSCDC in the final in Katsina was ruthless against his doubles partner Godwin Olufua winning 21-7, 21-12 to emerge Men’s Singles Champion.
In the Men’s doubles final Opeyori partnered with Godwin Olufua also of Lagos state who caused the biggest upset in the Singles event by defeating Clement Krobapor to beat the duo of Habeeb Bello and Usman Ishiaq who retired owing to an injury while trailing 8-21.
Opeyori says he is extremely happy winning in Lagos. “I am happy saving the best for the last. Winning the double makes me feel I am improving but I must say hard work was key to my success.”
In the Women’s category Dorcas Adesokan edged a spirited Zainab Mommoh 21-15, 21-14, while Opeyori got his second gold from the Doubles event. Adesokan got her second gold in the Mixed Doubles .The pair of Clement Krobakpor and Dorcas Adesokan beat Jimkan and Minaphee 21-16, 21-14. Dorcas who is expected to leave Nigeria soon for her International series attributed her success in Lagos to discipline and hard work.
“I trained hard and haven’t been home for some months because I have to train and compete in championships. Apart from hard work in training being able to discipline myself has helped me in the National championships”.
In the last event of the day Augustina and Zainab succumbed to the firepower of Deborah Ukeh and Peace Orji 18-21, 21-13, 16-21 to emerge women’s doubles champion.
Meanwhile, President Badminton Federation of Nigeria Francis Orbih says the Technical committee will use the National Badminton Championships in Katsina and Lagos to rank players in the country while hailing the standard of the National competitions.
“The Technical committee is expected to release the ranking of players very soon. The standard of the tournament
is high and I want to assure the players that we as a board will continue to engage them with different competitions,” he concluded.