Team Nigeria has emerged champions of the 2018 Zambia International Badminton Championship after winning four medals, comprising two gold and two silver at the event.
The four- day championship held in Lusaka from November 29 – December 2, saw Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan outclassed home girl, Ogar Siamupangila 21-17, 21-15 in two straight sets in the women single event to win. Adesokan also combined well with Anu Opeyori in the Mixed Doubles to defeat Bahaedeen Ahmed and Domou Amro of Jordan 21-18, 23-21.
Nigeria’s first silver medal came in the Men’s Singles where Ade Resky Diwicahyo (Azerbaijan) defeated Opeyori 21-10, 23-21. Just as the duo of Ade Resky Diwicahyo and Azmy Qowimuramadhon of Azerbaijan also edged the Nigerians Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori with a score of 21-19, 16-21, 21-17 to win gold medal, leaving silver for Nigeria.
Azerbaijan finished second overall with 2 gold medals while host, Zambia came third with 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Reacting to Nigeria’s performance at the championship, an excited President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN), Mr. Francis Orbih, said victory has again put Nigeria on a pedestal as a leader in sports.
He further stated that the value to the country and players cannot be underestimated, saying it will stimulate economic activities, job creation and education as players are exposed to new societies as they travel for tournaments.
According to him, Badminton Federation of Nigeria is committed to ensuring that badminton drives sustainable growth as its contribution to nation building.