Ugandaâ€™s women badminton team will not take part in the Uber Cup that takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from February 22nd to 28th. Top player Shamim Bangi told Uganda Radio Network that the team has missed the trip because Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) has no money. The team has been training in preparation for the event.
Top player Shamim Bangi told Uganda Radio Network that the team has missed the trip because Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) has no money. The team has been training in preparation for the event.
While the women’s team stays behind because of financial difficulties, the men’s team will travel on Tuesday aboard Emirates Air to reach just in time for the opening ceremony of the Thomas Cup (the men’s version). UBA Chief Executive Officer Simon Mugabi says he has been able raise cash just enough for the men’s team.
By last Friday the whole team was not certain of making the trip after the Association needed close to US$5,000 and players were also told to look around for an extra US$200 each. Only Brian Suuna, the only working player on the team managed to raise the US$200, while all the other players failed to get any cash. Suuna confirmed to URN on Monday that he paid the money to UBA.
Professional player Edwin Ekiring is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa from Holland on Monday night. The other Ugandan players making the team include; Wilson Tukire, Suuna, and Daniel Mihigo.
The best two nations in the Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers for the African continent will automatically qualify for the finals to take place in China in May. Uganda will face stiff resistance from tough teams like South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius and Algeria.