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Nigeria wins African badminton Championship

Team Nigeria established their dominance on the continent after they emerged champions of the 2019 All Africa Senior Badminton Championship,  which ended in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Sunday.

Nigeria won four gold medals, two silver and one bronze to top the medals table.

The team had earlier secured the most coveted gold medal in the team event on Thursday and followed that up with further three gold medals in the individual championships.

Top stars Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Dorcas Adesokan produced the most stunning shows after they dethroned Georges Paul and Kate Foo Kune from Mauritius in the men and women’s singles respectively.

Kune had reigned as African champion since 2014, beating Adesokan in the final of the last edition in Algeria. But she met a determined Nigerian this time, who showed grit to hand her a 21-12, 21-13 defeat in the final of the women’s singles.

In the men’s singles, Godwin Olofua, ranked third in Africa, had shockingly defeated top seed, Paul, in the semi-finals to set up an all-Nigeria final with Opeyori.

It was a thrilling encounter between two friends and mates but Opeyori won 21-17, 16-21, 21-17 to claim his maiden African title.

It was also an all-Nigeria affair in the women’s doubles as Adesokan and Deborah Ukeh defeated Amin Christopher and Chinenye Ibere.

In the mixed doubles, Algeria duo Koceila Mammeri and Linda Mazri successfully defended the title they won last year at home, when they defeated Nigeria’s Enejo Abbah and Peace Orji 15-21, 21-16, 21-18.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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