Nigeria’s top female badminton player, Dorcas Adesokan has been rated the country’s best bet for continental glory in years to come, as well as a huge inspiration for her compatriots.
The latest rating comes after the continent’s number one female defeated Kate Foo Kune of Mauritius to win the women’s singles at the recent All Africa Badminton Senior Championship in Port Harcourt.
Adesokan brushed aside Kune in two straight sets, 21-12, 21-13, to clinch a gold medal at Alfred Diette-Spiff Civic Centre, while Egyptian Doha Hany and Nigeria’s Damilola Alabi picked the bronze medals.
In the men’s singles, Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyayi beat Godwin Olofua in an all Nigerian final clash, to win gold, while Mauritius’ George Paul and Nigeria’s Krobakpo shared bronze medals.
In the men’s double, Algeria’s duo of Koceila Mameri and Youcef Sabi Madel pipped Nigeria’s Enejoh Abah and Isaac Minaphe to gold, while Olofua and Opeyayi went home with bronze medals along with Egyptian duo of Abdulrahman Abdelhakeim and Ahmed Salah.
Adesokan and Deborah Uchechukwu won the women’s doubles, Amin Yop Christopher and Chineye Ibere took silver, while the pair of Eyaram Yaa Migbozi and Perpetual Mensah Quaye of Ghana as well as Augustina Ebhomien and Peace Joy went home with bronze medals.