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Team Nigeria win All Africa Para-Badminton Championship

NIGERIA won a total of 13 medals at the All Africa Para-Badminton Championship held in Kampala over the weekend.

With the haul, Team Nigeria topped the medal table, garnering eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the championship held at MTN Arena, Lugogo Stadium, Kampala, Uganda.

Nnanna Jeremiah Chigozie and Bolaji Mariam Eniola won three gold medals each to replicate their performance at the Uganda International Para-Badminton Championship held at the same venue last week.

Nnanna Jeremiah Chigozie and Bolaji Mariam Eniola defeated the pair of Mohammed Ismail of Egypt and Martha Cheve of Zambia 21-8, 21-5(2-0) to clinch gold in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 category.

In the women’s doubles SL3-SU5 final, Eniola paired with Okoro Chiyere to beat Uganda’s Sumini Mutesi and Rose Nansereko in straight sets of 21-5, 21-8.

Golden girl Eniola then beat Elizabeth Mwesigwa of Uganda in the women’s singles SL3 21-9, 21-4 (2-0) while Chiyere Okoro edged out Morenike Oloutou of Benin Republic 21-11, 19-21, 21-16 (2-1) in the final of women’s Sldingles SL4+SU5.

Nanna Chigozie triumphed over Hassan Muniru of Ugandan 21-14, 21-5(2-0) in the men’s singles SL4 final, while the combination of Olanipekun Gbenga and Akpan James recorded another gold for Nigeria in the men’s doubles SL3-SL4, beating Hassan Muniru and David Mukisa 21-9, 21-9(2-0).

Ijeoma Gift lost to Shaimaa Abdelatif of Egypt 14-21, 10-21(0-2) in the eomen’s singles WH2 final, while it was an all-Nigerian affair in the SL3 men’s singles final as Chukwuebuka Eze defeated Olanipekun Gbenga 21-19, 14-21, 21-17 (2-1).

Nnanna Chigozie and Bolaji Mariam Eniola won gold in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 while Okoro Chiyere clinched gold in the women’s singles SL4+SU5 Combine.

In the men’s SL3-SL4 doubles, Olanipekun Gbenga and Eze Chukwuebuka won gold for Nigeria while Eze combined with Nnanna Chigozie to harvest gold in the SU5 men’s doubles.

Speaking on the success recorded by the Nigerian team, Badminton Federation of Nigeria president Francis Orbih thanked the Federal Government for the support given to the BFN which enabled the country’s contingent to participate in both the international and continental tournaments.

He stated that he was happy with the performance of the team at the two championships which were qualifiers for Paris 2024 Paralympics.

“The federation is determined to ensure that Nigeria continues to present quality representation at all competitions,” Orbih said.

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