Top ranks Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Dorcas Adesokan will lead Nigeria’s team to the forthcoming All Africa Senior Championships in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The list released by the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) is made up of nine male and nine female players, while the three senior national coaches will handle the team at the elite event.
The men’s team is made up of Nigeria number one Anuoluwapo Opeyori, Godwin Olufua, Eneojo Abah, Clement Krobakpo, Habeeb Bello, Aliyi Shehu, Gideon Babalola, kayoed Mope and Isaak Minaphee.
For women events, Dorcas Adesokan, Deborah Ukeh, Peace Orji, Chinenye Ebere, Amin Christopher, Sofiat Obanisola, Ramatu Yakubbu, Zainab Alabi and Augustina Sunday will represent Nigeria.
The coaches are Benjamin Orakpo, George Shitta and Susan Udeh Agboola.
Already, 18 countries have registered for the showpiece, which will see the best male and female badminton players on the African continent compete for glory. The countries are: host Nigeria, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Congo, Congo DRC, Eritrea, Egypt Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Other participating countries include; Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and host Nigeria.
In a related development, Brisby Christopher Egbonyi who just graduated from University of Port Harcourt won the mascot competition and will be presented with the prize money of N100,000 during the championship which will hold from April 22 to 28, 2019 in Port Harcourt.