NIGERIA’S ADESOKAN WINS ZAMBIA BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP

Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan, Nigeria and Africa’s leading female badminton women’s singles’ player, has gone, seen and conquered at the Zambia International Badminton Championship.

The finals were held at the weekend in Lusaka. Seeded number one for the tournament, Dorcas started her campaign with a clear two set whitewash of Uganda’s Fatima Nabirungi 21-9, 21-6.

She went on to defeat Egypt’s Jana Ashraf in a dominating performance at 21-13, 21-13 in the quarterfinals.

In what may seem like the assertion of Nigerian female players over onetime dominant African Champion, Hadia Hosny, [3] of Egypt, Dorcas Adesokan went on in the semifinals to defeat the Egyptian 21-19, 21-16 to set up a final encounter with a younger Egyptian, Doha Hany [2] who had beaten former African Champion, the returning Kate Foo Kune[4] of Mauritius 15-21, 21-13, 21-16 on her way to the final.

The final game started with Dorcas narrowly losing out in the first game, 20-22 but rallied back nicely to confirm her ranking and seeding by taking the next two games, 21-18, 21-18, to win the Women’s Singles Finals.