AFRICA’S NUMBER 1 BADMINTON PLAYER, PAUL VOWS TO RETAIN POSITION

AFRICA’S NUMBER 1 BADMINTON PLAYER, PAUL VOWS TO RETAIN POSITION

Africa’s number one badminton player Georges Paul of Mauritius is not ready to relinquish his position at the top of the continent’s rankings insisting he is ready to claim the top prize at the ongoing All Africa Badminton Championships.


The 23-year-old who won the men’s singles at the 2018 African Championships in Algeria acknowledged that he would be the man everyone would wants to beat but insisted he was well prepared for the challenge.


“I really want to win again; I know it is going to be tough because there are good players here, I will take the games one after the other.


“I am playing in the men’s singles and I also do doubles; I am hoping to do good in these events,” he said.


He survived the scare in his first game in the tournament when he had to dig deep before dispatching Zambia’s Kalombo Mulenga 2-1 in the men’s singles of the mixed team event and he said he would pick up from that to lead his side to success.


He rated Team Nigeria as the most balanced side in the tourney but insisted they can upset their hosts.


“I didn’t play on Monday because our opponents were not so strong but this game (against Zambia) is to start the competition really.


“Nigeria has a good team, a complete team; for us we have area of strength and weakness but will focus on our strength,” he said.

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