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Kogi Confluence Badminton Club shines in its first edition

By Vaseline May31,2024
Kogi Confluence Badminton Club shines in its first edition

Confluence Badminton Club has won the mixed doubles event in the maiden edition of the 2024 Kogi State Badminton Championship.

The championship, which was played between April 24 and 25 on the badminton court in Lokoja, consisted of men’s doubles, men’s doubles 35-45 years, men’s doubles 45-55 years, men’s doubles 55+, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Joseph and Martha from Confluence Badminton Club defeated

Hayatu and Hamamatu (Team Kaduna); Muhammad, Peculiar, (Niger Shuttle Strikers/COE); and John, Ochefu, (Confluence Badmiton club) to emerge as winners in the mixed doubles event.

In the women’s doubles, Team Kaduna’s Endurance and Hamamatu came first, beating their opponents Ketu, Mary (MBBC), Ochefu, Queen (Confluence Badmiton club) and Ginia, Peculiar (COE), who all finished second and third respectively.

Shedrack, Wambai of Rock City Badminton came first in the Men’s Doubles 56+, beating their opponents Jones, Mr. Bappa, (MBBC), Hon. Jibrin, Jega (Zuma BC) Azare Compt. Lawal Bello (MPBC), who finished second and third respectively.

For the men’s doubles 46-55,

Murry, Peter from Team Kaduna, emerged as the winner in this category. They both eliminated Baba Makarfi, Musa (Team Kaduna), Keneth Chidebe, Moses Igbriwi (Confluence Badmiton Club) and Kolo, Sadam (COE).

Another surprise of this championship is that the Men’s Doubles was 35-45

Aminu, James (Niger Shuttle Strikers)

defeated Abdullahi, Anache (Niger Shuttle Strikers), Ashraff Abdulhakeem, Victor, (Confluence Badmiton) and Abubakar Dabson, Shehu Njidda, (Fombina BC) to become champions of this category.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the match, National Chairman of the Association of Badminton Clubs in Nigeria, Mohammed Lawal Bello, expressed his satisfaction over the outcome of the match.

“We are very satisfied with this first competition in Kogi State. We don’t know that we’ll see the magnitude of the crowds and attendance in this match. As you can see, the competition was very contentious, which added a very good color to the tournament.

“We hope that these types of tournaments will continue? We are doing this competition to encourage a young group of people to come to the club and see for themselves. Many people have come and shown interest in this game.

“Badmiton is one of the biggest and fastest growing games in the country. Usually badminton is a game of love. Our aim with this tournament is to see how we can bring together and unite people, including clubs from across the region, to come together and experience the best sporting activities,” Bello explained.

He stressed the need for all stakeholders to come together and support badminton, adding that their mission is to make Nigeria the best badminton playing country in the world.

“When we started, very few clubs registered with us. We currently have over 80 badminton clubs in Nigeria. Last year we organized a competition in Abuja in which clubs from the six geopolitical zones participated.

Bello continued: “We discovered pure talent during that tournament and some players were called to the national team. Nigeria is now the number one badminton nation in Africa. These are some of the reasons why we are organizing this championship to attract raw talents to represent our great nation.”

The captain of Confluence Badminton Club Kogi State who doubles as the organizer of the tournament Ahsraf Abdulhakeem has warned the government and all players to invest massively in young players to replace the older players.

“We recently concluded the qualifying competitions for the Olympic Games. Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori from Lagos State has qualified to represent the country at the Olympic Games.

“This is the second time he’s done it back to back. He has currently been the best in Africa for more than four years.

“If Lagos State had not invested in him, they would not have such a person. In sports, everyone knows that age is a big factor. Very soon Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori will leave the stage,”

Abdulhakeem further noted.

“We need people who can confidently replace Opeyori at the national level. We cannot mention just one name. We would like to mention many names in badminton.

“If the government intervenes, many achievements will be made in badminton,” Abdulhakeem claimed.

He described it as abnormal that a lot of attention is paid to a particular sport, while badminton fades into the background.

He further said, “It is quite unfortunate that Badmiton is yet to get the required recognition and publicity like other sports. When you go to the Olympics, all other sports are expected to be represented. The country is expected to showcase players in the sport. Badminton should not be missed.

“Government should see the need to develop Nigerian players in badminton. There are several Nigerian boys and girls who attend training every day in their various states and clubs. They should be encouraged to take over at the state and international levels,” he strongly advised.

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