Gold for Ekiring as Bangi settles for bronze in Zambia


Edwin Ekiring won his second straight badminton tournament on the continent after he added the Zambian International yesterday to the Nigerian International which he lifted three weeks ago.

Ekiring defeated Slovakian Alen Roj 21-18, 21-8 under one hour in a game where concentration and better game reading separated the two.

“I gave myself a target of not only getting to the finals but actually winning it, I am glad have been able to come out on top,” Ekirng told Daily Monitor on phone from Lusaka.

“The scores may give the impression that the finals were easy but it was never easy at all, I was just better prepared than my opponent,” he added.
Ekring defeated tournament seventh seed Prakash Vijayanath 2-0 (21-9, 21-11) in the semis.

He had earlier gotten a walk over after his Ghanaian opponent Daniels Sam failed to show up, he went on to down the fourth seed from Botswana Gaone Tawana 2-0 (21-13, 21-6) in the second round.

Ekiring again defeated the fifth seed Egyptian Abdelrahman Kashkal 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) in the quarters

Bangi wins bronze
Shamim Bangi settled for bronze in the women doubles were she was playing with Ogar Siamupangila but the former retired because of a terrible headache.

“It’s too hot here and it affected me, I badly wanted to go for the second set and finish the job but the headache couldn’t allow me,” Bangi said.
Bangi and Ogar had won the first set 21-8 against the South African pair of De Villiers Elme and Butler Emmett Michelle.

In the singles, Bangi had an easy ride going past Edwin Tanana 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) in the first round, before knocking out Egyptian Nadine Ashiraf 2-1 (21-16, 14-21, 21-15) in the second.

But the 21-year old fell to South Africa De Villiers Elme in the quarters 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 21-15).

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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