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Nigeria’s dominance of badminton in Africa received a further boost as the  Japanese Badminton Federation has donated equipment to the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, BFN.

According to a statement from the BFN chieftain, Francis Orbih, the revelation came when the board paid a courtesy visit the Japanese ambassador to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta.

According to the BFN boss, the visit was in respect of a donation of racquets from the Japanese Badminton Federation to the BFN.

The Japanese Badminton Federation decided to identify a number of countries for the donation of equipment with Nigeria being the only African country to benefit from the largesse.

This is largely due to the progress and recognition that the game has recorded in the last few years.


It was initially conveyed to the BFN that the costs of clearing the items from the ports of entry and moving them to Abuja will be borne by BFN, but yesterday, the embassy agreed to bear all the costs incurred from these.

Owing to the delegation’s appeal, the Japanese Ambassador also agreed to sponsor a national championship in the name of the Ambassador just like the Korean Ambassador does for taekwondo.

It was agreed that a convenient date would be arrived at for the championship.

The Badminton Federation of Nigeria delegation comprised of the President, Francis Orbih, the Vice President, Mohammed Maina, board member Isaac Ogbole, the Federation Secretary General Austin Balewa, Team Manager Emmanuel Zira and Asst. Secretary General Lilian Ihegbu.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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