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New BFN Board Opens Account with Cote d’Ivoire Tourney





Badminton looks set to regain its previous high rating in Nigeria as a team of 26 players and four officials are already out of the country’s borders to feature in West African circuit.

According to information gathered from the president-elect of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Orbih, the team will feature in Cote d’Ivoire International tournament at the Palais de sports de Treich Villa in Abidjan. The competition begins on Thursday and runs through to Sunday.

Orbih, who along with other board members will be sworn in next month, said that the Lagos State Government was magnanimous enough to include national team players in the sponsorship package of the team.


He also thanked a few individuals who offered contributions to the team as they strive to bring honours to Nigeria.

The team will move from Cote d’Ivoire to Benin Republic to participate in another international tournament the will begin on Thursday July 6 and run through to Sunday July 9.

Sports Village Square gathered that the two events are sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation and will also serve to prepare the Nigerian team for the more challenging Lagos International Classics.

There are 11 countries featuring in the Cote d’Ivoire series. They include Egypt, Jordan, India, Algeria, Cameroon and Ghana. Others are: Benin, Togo and Uganda.

In the Benin Republic tournament, the Nigerian players will contend with players from eight other countries. They are: Egypt, Jordan, India, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Uganda and host Benin.


The Nigerian players that travelled for the two tournaments are:

  1. Funso Opeyori​
  2. Tolu Olukotun​
  3. Mohammed Mustapher​
  4. Bello Habeeb​
  5. Krobakpor Clement
  6. Patricia Akpush​
  7. Amin Christopher
  8. Faridah Umar​
  9. Adesokan Dorcas
  10. Momoh Zainab​
  11. Augustina S. Ebhomien
  12. Ukeh U. Debora
  13. Anuoluwapo Opeyori​
  14. Moses Adeola Babatunde
  15. Kayode Mope
  16. Femi Bioku
  17. Jafar S. Umar
  18. Sola Abiodun
  19. Gideon Babalola​
  20. Olawumi Damilola
  21. Mope Kayode Abubakar
  22. Peace Orji
  23. Ramatu Yakubu
  24. Isiaq Usman Ayo
  25. Daniel Philip
  26. Enejo Abah


The officials are:

  1. Samson Akapo (Secretary Lagos State Badminton Association) Leader of Delegation.
  2. Coach Mariah Omolehin
  3. Coach Adewale Olasunkanmi.
  4. Coach Abass Adamu.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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