Badminton in Africa

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    Nigeria: Suleiman Splashes Dollar On Medal Winners
    Ishaku Kigbu
    9 September 2011

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201109090736.html

    Sports minister, Suleiman Yusuf yesterday redeemed his pledge to reward medal winners with additional bonus. The minister yesterday morning splashed dollar on athletes that have won medals for Team Nigeria.

    The Badminton team that won gold got 12,000 dollar reward, while the silver and bronze medals pocketed 1,000 and 750 dollars respectively. Dishing out the money, Yusuf said he decided not to waste anytime in rewarding the athletes as a way of motivating others to go for gold.

    "I think the athletes now know that we mean business on our part. I want them to deliver and I will keep delivering on my part."

    Yusuf said he will continue to move from one venue to the other to cheer the athletes declaring that he is not on holidays here in Maputo.

    "I have moved from boxing to badminton to basketball. I will be wherever our athletes are competing to give them the needed support. I am not here on holidays. I wont wait in the hotel for anybody to tell me stories of how it went."

    Yusuf said he is optimistic the country will finish well at the games despite the fact that the hosts decided to remove sports in which Nigeria had competitive advantage.

    "Our target before coming here is to finish amongst the first three on the final medals table and I see us achieving that," he said.
     
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    Nigerian medallists speak from Maputo
    Stella Bamawo
    10/09/2011

    Full story: http://www.thenationonlineng.net/20...07-nigerian-medallists-speak-from-maputo.html

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    Grace Daniel, Badminton gold medallist:
    We won the team event and defended our title which we won in Algiers. We were very excited because we really need to win the gold and it was a very good game and tough one for that matter. We are all very happy to make our country proud for giving them the first gold.
    By God’s grace we hope to get more gold medals in the individual game because we have all it take and we put every thing in God’s hand.
    The only challenge is South Africa, they are our only strong opponent and it did not start today. They have beenj a threat for a long time now and we pray that with God, everything bwil be possible

    Tosin Atolagbe, Badminton gold medallist:

    Lets first thank God what he did for us because we are so happy, it’s unbelievable, we don’t even expect it, but glory be to God that we made it, we are still expecting like five more gold medals and we pray it will be ours in Jesus name.

    Ibrahim Adamu, Badminton gold medallist:

    We are happy for our first team event gold medal and we thank God for everything. We are going into our individual game with the same spirit, we wish to grab the remaining gold.

    Olufemi Akinjide, badminton gold medallist:
    It’s not easy winning gold but we have a strong opponent in South Africa. We thought we would lose the match because it was 2-0 down not until our first doubles pick up the men’s double and singles. So the ladies double which was the last match of the day and we beat them two straight set. I’m very sure that we are going to grab the remaining gold medals.
     
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    Seychelles win team event bronze medal

    Full story: http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=24883


    Seychelles won its first medal at the 10th All-Africa Games on Wednesday, courtesy of the badminton players in the team event after losing their semifinal encounter against Nigeria at the Escola Josina Machel gymnasium in Maputo, Mozambique.

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    The Seychelles team comprise Georgie Cupidon, Cynthia Course, Steve Malcouzane, Alisen Camille, Kervin Ghislain and Danielle Jupiter.

    In the semifinal, Georgie Cupidon and Cynthia Course teamed up in the mixed doubles to beat Ibrahim Adamu and Grace Daniel 2-1. After losing the first set 13-21, Course and Cupidon upped their game to win the second and third sets 22-20 and 21-19 to give Seychelles a good start.

    In the men’s singles, Steve Malcouzane lost 0-2 (16-21, 7-21) against Joseph Abah Ineojo and in the women’s singles, Camille lost 0-2 (16-21, 12-21) to Susan Ideh.

    In with a chance to put the two teams level, the Cupidon and Malcouzane duo lost the men’s doubles match 1-2 (23-21, 14-21, 20-22) against Jinkam Bulus and Olaoluwa Fagbemi.

    The women’s doubles match was not played as Nigeria had already won the series after the fourth match.
    The Seychelles team finished first in their group ahead of Mozambique and Uganda.

    In their first group match on Tuesday, Seychelles easily trounced hosts Mozambique 5-0 before beating Uganda 4-1 in their second encounter. In the men’s singles, Steve Malcouzane dominated his opponent 2-0 (21-13, 21-11), while Cynthia Course won her women’s singles match 2-1(21-13, 15-21, 21-19).

    Malcouzane then teamed up with Cupidon for the men’s doubles match which they won 2-0 (21-19, 21-14). In the mixed doubles, Cupidon paired with Camille to win the match 2-0 (21-18, 21-19).

    The only Ugandan victory came in the women’s singles where Course had to abandon the match with a sprained ankle in the second set. Course had already won the first set and was leading in the second when she picked up the injury.

    In the final played late on Wednesday, Nigeria stunned South Africa 3-2 to clinch the gold medal.
     
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    Mauritius takes the WD Bronze.


    The selection of Mauritius has brought another bronze medal, this time thanks to the women's doubles in badminton in the individual competition of the 10th Africa Games yesterday in Maputo. Karen Foo Kune pair-Priscilla-Vinayagum Pillay was beaten 0-2 by South African and Stacy Doobell Anari Viljoen.

    Foo Kune and Pillay lost the first set 10-21 before suffering another setback in the second set (14-21). Still, they won the bronze medal, bowing in the semifinals. This pair of Mauritius was the only one that could reach this stage of the competition.
     
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    Cobalt,

    Kudos to you for cheerfully (stubbornly) keeping this thread up to date. May your persistence pay off. :)

    There are BC'ers from the African continent/Indian Ocean who, at any moment, may take on the mantle of this thread and give us some real in-depth information on their progress and badminton generally in this zone.
     
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    Thank you Fidget, for your kind words; they are much appreciated! :)

    The underlying reason for this thread is also to provide some small exposure in the digital media through this forum. Maybe it will spark something good somewhere down the line. One of my early posts on this very thread reads:

    Not just words. Given the same opportunities, encouragement and facilities that other countries take for granted, the continent of Africa could pose a serious threat to many top badminton-playing nations within the next 10 years. We should welcome such a development!
     
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    Karen Foo-Kune

    One of the most recognizable faces of badminton in Africa, is a beautiful girl called Karen. Many of our BC fans know about her, but not many are aware that she has been playing badminton professionally for a long time!

    Karen Foo Kune represents the beautiful country of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean. Born May 29, 1982 she is now 29 years old, and has been representing her country as a badminton player since 1995, for the past 15 years!

    Karen has participated in 54 International events. She was twice elected as Mauritian Sportswoman of the Year, in 2004 and 2009, and was the top-ranked women's player in Africa on more than one occasion. She has participated in the Olympic Games 2008, the World Championships in 2009 and 2010, and the Commonwealth Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010. She is running for a qualifying spot in the Olympic Games 2012.

    She is currently ranked at 146 in Womens singles, and 95 in Womens doubles where she represents her country along with her younger sister, Kate.

    If BC were to hold a poll for the most striking Womens player, it would be fair to say that Karen would be in the running for top spot.

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    Kate Foo-Kune

    Kate Foo Kune is the younger sister of Karen, and is also an accomplished badminton player in her own right. Born March 29, 1993, Kate is only 18 years old, but had already got her BWF ranking in 2006. She participated in the Youth Olympics Singapore 2010, and this year, she won the title "Champion of Africa Youth 2011" (Junior Championships.) She also participated in the recently concluded Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 where she made it to the quarter-finals in singles, bowing out to Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland.

    BWF rankings: Kate is currently ranked 220 in singles, and 95 in doubles where she partners her sister Karen.

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    Kate is a left-handed player
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    Edwin Ekiring

    Edwin Ekiring is one of the top male badminton players of Africa. Born December 22, 1983 in the East African country of Uganda, Edwin is nicknamed "The Black Pearl" by those who know him. He is exactly 6' tall, and weighs a modest 65 Kgs. His current BWF ranking is 130.

    He was winner of the Mauritius International 2008 and represented his country at the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008. That same year, he also signed up to play in a German badminton league. In a country that is savaged by war, revolt, famine, disease and lawlessness, he is a beacon of hope to tens of thousands of youth striving for a better tomorrow.

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    Kerry-Lee Harrington

    Kerry_Lee is a women's singles player representing South Africa, and has been on the BWF rankings since 2004. She is currently ranked 107, her highest ever position.

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    Born in Durban on March 21, 1985, Kerry-Lee is 161 cms tall, and plays right-handed. She was singles champion in 2006 and 2009 at the SA Championships, and doubles winner in 2005. She also won the Mauritius International (doubles) with Stacey Doubell in 2007. She was twice runner-up at the Africa Cup (singles) and had more podium finishes at the Africa Cup in singles and doubles. She was also voted Sportswoman of the Year 2009 at the University of KZN.

    Kerry-Lee is a respected and consistent performer for the South African badminton team.
     
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    Shuttle Time for Uganda badminton

    Publish Date: Jul 30, 2013
    By Silvano Kibuuka
    http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/645571-shuttle-time-for-uganda-badminton.html

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    UGANDA is one of a handful of African countries that have been selected by the Badminton World Federation to benefit from a new project known as ‘Shuttle Time’ that has been designed to improve the quality of the sport among youths.

    The project was unveiled by the general secretary of Africa Badminton Federation Raj Gaya at Kampala Club when he made a familiarization tour to Uganda over the weekend to conclude the negotiations for the project.

    Authorities including the ministry of education and sports, Uganda Olympic Committee with NCS have all endorsed the project.

    Gaya said BWF has earmarked $10,000 for the first phase of the project in Uganda and that ‘Shuttle Time’ is expected to begin in October with the training of primary physical education and sports teachers’ in the country.

    Morocco, Algeria and South Africa were the first to benefit and the next phase will cater for Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Ghana and Zambia.

    “In 10 years we want Africa to produce world champions in Badminton and this is the initial grassroots work to achieve this. Out of 1,000,000 people in any country we aim to get one champion for Badminton,” noted Gaya.
     
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    Kenya International Badminton event to serve as build up for Scotland

    By francis marangu

    Jun 18, 2014

    http://www.sportsnewsarena.com/keny...nton-event-to-serve-as-build-up-for-scotland-

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    Participating teams are drawn from Egypt, India, Italy, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Austria, Israel, Iran, Slovakia and the Czech Republic who have already confirmed participation.

    The Kenyan team has been in training at the Premier Club in Nairobi and looks well prepared to roar at the event.

    “The Kenyan team is looking forward to the annual event as it shall be a crucial preparation for the forthcoming commonwealth games where we shall be participating,” said secretary general Peter Gacheru.
     
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    Can anyone tell me of any open Kenyan badminton teams
     
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    Badminton-Mauritian official banned for life after corruption charges

    https://af.reuters.com/article/africaSportsNews/idAFL8N1YA3RV

    “The BCA allocated $21,485 to the MBA... and paid $19,150 (to) Mr Gaya for that purpose, of which about $18,000 should have been paid to the Mauritian player Kate Foo Kune,” it said.

    The player declared in a witness statement that she had received only $1,100, money the BWF said was paid in cash only after the player was “forced to pester” Gaya.
     

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