Nige­ria Shines as In­dia, Sri Lanka Dom­i­nate Lagos Bad­minton Clas­sics


Team Nige­ria put up im­pres­sive show at the third edi­tion of the Lagos In­ter­na­tional Bad­minton Clas­sics which ended on Satur­day at the Mo­lade Okoya Thomas In­door Sports Hall of the Tes­lim Ba­lo­gun Sta­dium in Su­rulere.

Al­though the tra­di­tional strong­hold of bad­minton, Sri Lanka and In­dia stole the show emerg­ing as cham­pi­ons in most of the five cat­e­gories, the emerg­ing Nige­rian play­ers proved their met­tle.

The pair of Zainab Mo­moh and Ra­matu Yakubu fought gal­lantly to the fi­nal of the Women’s Dou­bles but lost to the Sri Lankan duo of Thilini Pramodika Hen­da­hewa and Ishadika Ka­vidi in the fi­nal match. It was two straight win of 21-8, 21-5 for the Sri Lankans.

But the score lines speak lit­tle about the ef­forts of Zainab Mo­moh and Ra­matu Yakubu who had faced very stiff op­po­si­tions on their way to the fi­nal. They beat the Ugan­dan duo of Brid­get Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba. The Nige­rian pair had to come from be­hind to even­tu­ally win 14-21, 21-18 and 21-15.

Be­fore then, they had beaten an­other Nige­rian team of Asisat Ogunkambi and Feli­cia Omo­tola in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Nige­ria’s Bad­minton Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Fran­cis Or­bih, is un­de­terred that the Nige­ri­ans did not emerge win­ners.

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