The Nigerian badminton team competing in Algeria is sustaining the momentum of Nigerian teams winning their respective competitions in Africa. Last weekend, the Nigerian wrestling team topped the medals chart at the African Wrestling Championship.
This weekend, the Nigerian badminton team has reached the final and is set to win the Thomas and Uber African Championship in Algeria.
The Nigerian badminton team is striving to represent Africa at the World Cup. Wednesday night was indeed a glorious one as the Nigerian badminton teams in both male and female categories made it to the finals seeing of their opponents in grand style.
In the Women’s category, Team Nigeria overcame one of the favourites, Egypt 3-2 in a very cagey affair as Nigeria and Africa No 1 player Dorcas Adesokan lost the first set 17-21 before rallying back to win the game 17-21, 21-7, and 21-17.
Zainab Momoh however lost the second game as Doha Hany triumphed 21-16, 19-21, and 21-17. Deborah Ukeh restored Nigeria’s lead beating Salmeen Essam 21-12, 21-8.
In the women’s doubles the duo of Doha Hany and Hadia Hosnia won 21-19, 18-21, 21-16 against the duo of Dorcas Adesokan and Deborah Ukeh but the Nigerian duo of beautiful Peace Orji and Zainab Momoh put the game beyond the Egyptian’s winning in straight set of 21-9, 21-16 against the duo of Salmeen Essam and Hona Terek to qualify for Thursday’s final.
In the men’s category, Team Nigeria were ruthless against their North African foes beating Morocco 3-0 to qualify for the semi-final. Clement Krobapor led the way with a 21-16, 21-15 victory over Bilal Elharab.
Anuoluwapo beat his opponent in style with a 21-9, 21-5 victory against Ahmed Amine while Godwin Olofua wrapped up Team Nigeria victory with an emphatic 21-4, 21-5 whitewash of Yassine El Mernissi to qualify for the semi- final against fellow West Africans, Ghana.
In the semi-final, Clement Krobapor in his usual way won the first game for Nigeria beating Emmanuel Yaw 21-10, 21-17 .The Ghanaian’s fought back with Habeeb Bello losing to Abraham Ayittey 21-19, 21-15 to make it 1-1.
Anuoluwapo Opeyori restored the country’s lead with a 21-13, 21-16 victory against Daniel Sam in the third game to make it 2-1 for Nigeria. In the doubles event the duo of Enejoh Abah and Clement Kropabor sealed the final ticket for Nigeria crushing the duo of Abraham Ayittey and Michael Okpotu 21-12, 21-13.
Team Nigeria in the women’s final will play Mauritius while in the Men’s category Nigeria will play host country Algeria on Thursday.