At the last edition, South Africa emerged successful with victories in 4 events out of a total of 6
Team Nigeria at the ongoing 2014 African Badminton Championships taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, started their campaign on a bright note on Thursday; defeating their Zambian counterparts 5-0.
The comprehensive victory by the Nigerian players effectively puts them in pole position in Group B as second placed Egypt could only manage a 3-2 win over Mauritius in the other match in the group.
In Group A, South Africa lived up to their billing as joint favourites for the Team Event with Nigeria as they also posted a massive 5-0 win over host Botswana.
Before setting out for Thursday’s opener, Elme de Villiers form South African was of the opinion that they can finish tops among the African countries competing thus year again
“I think our chances are really good to win the gold again. We have a similar young team as the one who won last year, but we are all a year older with more experience and skills.”
Nevertheless, countries like Mauritius, Egypt and Seychelles would want to give South Africa a run for their money.
This is confirmed by Grace Gabriel from Nigeria, “We always battle out with South Africa in the team events, but other countries are also coming up strong.”
At the last edition, South Africa emerged successful with victories in 4 events out of a total of 6 including the Team Event, Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Grace Gabriel won the Women’s Singles and Juliette Ah-Wan and Allisen Camille from Seychelles won the Women’s Doubles.
Nigeria was runner-up in the Team Event.
2014 AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – BOTSWANA
South Africa v/s Botswana: 5-0
Seychelles v/s Cameroun: 5-0
Nigeria v/s Zambia: 5-0
Egypt v/s Mauritius: 3-2