NIGERIAN TEAM BATTLE-READY FOR HONOURS AT AFRICAN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP

NIGERIAN TEAM BATTLE-READY FOR HONOURS AT AFRICAN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) carries a huge burden like most host associations of international sporting events.

According to the BFN chieftain, Francis Orbih, his major concern has been to deliver a successful tournament. But he admits, ‘success’ in this context is a relative term.

He wants a good service delivery at the tournament to the point that Nigeria will always be a badminton destination, not just for the continent, but also for the rest of the global badminton family.

Secondly, he knows the success is not complete if Nigeria fails to rank highest after the tournament. Apart from organizing a top class event, he wants the Nigerian players to come tops.

Therefore, unlike the other bosses of the 17 national associations featuring at the Port Harcourt festival of rackets and shuttles, whose major concerns is just their team, Orbih has additional responsibility of service delivery.

He thanks the Governor of Rivers State for the support that both the Nigerian team and BFN have been receiving.

The Nigerian team of 18 players has been in camp in Port Harcourt under the national coach, Ben Orakpo and two assistants.

Nigerian badminton players training ahead of the African championships.

Sports Village Square gathered from the coach that camp situation is stable, as he had been working on different conditioning of the players.

“After working on power, speed, strength, stamina and endurance, we are now working on all the doubles; men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, to perfect movement, understanding, coordination and strokes distribution’, Orakpo stated.

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