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Lagos Int’l Badminton Classics: Mixed fortunes as Nigeria players crash out

Action in the ongoing 5th Lagos International Badminton Classics at the Molade Okaya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Friday, 26/07/2019.

It was a disappointing game for Nigerian badminton players as they were dumped out of the male and female
singles on Day 2 of the on-going Lagos International Badminton Classics.

Lagos Int’l Badminton Classics
Action in the ongoing 5th LagosInternational Badminton Classics at theMolade Okaya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall,
Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Friday, 26/07/2019.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian players, including the African number one, Dorcas Adesokan, were sent packing from the 25,000 dollars tournament.

Africa’s number one female player Adesokan who previously defeated Hadia Hosny from Egypt 21-18 and 21-16 was conquered by Thi Trang Vu by straight-set, 21-10 and 21-13.

Adesokan’s counterpart, Tosin Atolagbe was defeated in the quarter-finals by Ozge Bayrak 21-4, 21-6 who also defeated Aminat Ilori by 21-10, 21-8 in the preliminary stage.

Also, Christopher Amin was defeated by Ksenia Polikarpova by straight-set, 21- 12, 21-4, while Chinyere Ibere was outclassed by Martina Repiska from Slovakia.

Soraya Aghaelihajiagha from Iran defeated Nigeria’s Felicia Omotola, while Louisa Ma from Australia got the
better of Nigeria’s Ashilu Makir by 21-7 and 21-12.

In the mixed double, the duo of Nigeria’s Isaac Minaphee and Augustina Sunday were sent packing by Ramchandan Shiok and Rutaparma, 21-10, 21-15.

Nigeria’s players in the Women’s doubles and Men’s double, however, remained in the tournament as the duo of Godwin Olufua and Aanuoluwapo Opeyori defeated their counterpart, Abubakar Bakari and Sunday Musa, by 21-12 and 21-5.

Also in the Women’s double, Deborah Opeyori and Deborah Ukeh qualified for the semi-finals as they beat Palwasha Bashir and Mahoor Shahzad from Pakistan, 21-19, 18-21 and 21-14.

The duo of Enejoh Abah and Isaac Minaphee from Nigeria also defeated their Nigerian counterparts of Mustapha Muhammed and Daniel Philip by 21-15 and 21-14.

The Vice-President Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Mohammed Maina, on the under-performances of Nigerians players, said it was due to the standard of the competition.

“This is the most prestigious tournaments in Africa and no other one comes so close, that is to tell you the caliber of the players that we have around.

“The standard of the game is improving on a daily basis and every year we find out that a new set of players are
coming in with their own new skills.

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“Our players not reaching a particular level is telling us that we have a lot of things to do in Nigeria, we really have to put them into a lot of training to get them exposed,” he said. (NAN)

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