After resounding victories in the southern part of Africa in the past few days, another set of Nigerian badminton players are moving to their stronghold, the west coast of Africa to continuing scaling new heights.
Nigeria dominated the tournaments in Zambia and South Africa in the past few days. Nine other players will represent Nigeria at the Africa Schools Badminton Championship, which begins in Ghana this Friday.
It will run till December 20 at the Tema International School, Ghana. According to the president of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Francis Orbih, this will be the first time Nigeria will be participating in this championship since its inception in 2006.
Rufai Saddam Sidi, Daniel Christopher Egbonyi, Khalil Safana Shamsuddeen, Umar Ahmad Balarabe and Bankole Babatunde Timileyin will fly Nigeria’s flag in the men’s category, while Obanishola Sofiat Arinola, Obasanmi Christianah Olajumoke, Taofik Ganiyat Romoke and Mosun Shogbade will represent the country in the ladies’ category.
The team, led by coaches Suleiman Tajudeen and Ismaila Mohammed left Nigeria on Wednesday. Coach Tajudeen stated that his players were ready to pick four out of the five gold medals at stake, assuring that the team is well prepared to do the country proud.
He said that the players had good preparation and are ready to take on rivals, Algeria and Egypt at the tournament. “We players have trained will are ready for the championship in Ghana. Our aim is to pick four gold medals at the event.
“It is important to do well because these junior players are the ones who will takeover from the senior players, who are currently representing Nigeria. We also give them the training they need to become to players.
“So, this championship will give them the opportunity to test their skills against the best junior players on the continent. A good performance in Ghana will boost their confidence as they hope to move to the senior cadre,” Tajudeen added.
He also commended the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) for giving the players the opportunity to play at the continental level.