Bangi off to Bahrain after City Tyres win
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
Wilson Tukire and Bangi top performers at Lugogo.
Failure to participate in international competitions has seen Shamim Bangi slump from third to seventh in the continental badminton rankings.
Due to lack of funding, Uganda’s number one female player has missed four ranking tournaments in recent months; three in Mauritius and one in Nigeria. But all hope is not lost for the 20-year-old as she vies to become the first Ugandan female player to qualify for the Olympics. After bagging a clean sweep in the City Tyres Tamizh Sangam Badminton Open at Lugogo at the weekend, Bangi leaves Kampala today to take part in the Bahrain Badminton International. The tournament starts on Thursday.
And after securing sponsorship from Tamizh Sangam and Ndejje University to travel to Bahrain, Bangi is confident she will pile on the points and move back up in the standings.
“Besides hard training, the match practice I have had for the last three days has really been helpful,” Bangi said after scooping the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles in the City Tyres event.
Ndejje University student Bangi eased past Margaret Nankabirwa in straight sets (21-19, 24-22) in the women’s singles final.
She later teamed up with Nankabirwa to defeat Daisy Nakalyango and Jovia Kyomuhendo (21-14, 21-18) for the doubles title.
Playing with men’s singles champion Wilson Tukire, Bangi also claimed the mixed doubles gold after strolling past Ivan Mayega and Isha Nakiyemba (21-13, 21-10).
To win the men’s singles title, Tukire eased past Brian Ssuuna (21-13, 21-14).