Ugandan Players Face Tough Draw in Kenya International Badminton Open

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Wilson Tukire will miss the 2014 Kenya International Badminton Championship. Andrew Oryada

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Bangi who is struggling to gain enough world ranking points to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil will face Kenya’s Mercy Joseph in the first round. Margaret Nankabirwa will face Poland’s Edyta Taksewicz in the first round, while Aisha Nakiyemba takes on Zambia’s Ogar Siamupanyila.

Ugandan players need to be at their best to overcome the tough draws as they battle in the 2014 Kenya International Badminton Open Championship which starts in Nairobi, tomorrow.

A team of 19 players sponsored by the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) left by road last night for the World sanctioned event which runs June 19-22.

Head Coach William Kabindi told URN on Wednesday morning that they expect the team to perform well in Kenya. He said although he expects stiff competition especially from the foreign players who have entered the event, he hopes the junior players will also gain more exposure.

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Africa’s number five player Bridget Shamim Bangi who lost in the semi-finals and quarter-finals in the Nigeria International Series and Mauritius International respectively early this month is expected to lead Uganda’s team.

Bangi who is struggling to gain enough world ranking points to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil will face Kenya’s Mercy Joseph in the first round. Margaret Nankabirwa will face Poland’s Edyta Taksewicz in the first round, while Aisha Nakiyemba takes on Zambia’s Ogar Siamupanyila. Nigeria’s Grace Gabriel is ranked top for the women’s event, while Kate Foo Kune (Mauritius) is two.

In the absence of Holland based professional Edwin Ekiring and Wilson Tukire, Uganda’s men’s team will look to Ivan Mayega, Jacob Musisi and youngster Daniel Mihigo who qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympics.  Farouk Waya, Davies Senono and Alex Babu will battle through the qualifiers to make it to the main draw.

The event has attracted players from; Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, Italy, India, Czech Republic, Poland, Zambia, Botswana, Austria and Iran.
 

 

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