Badminton team aims for more medals at All Africa Games

Wednesday August 14 2019

Good Chance. Kasirye will lead Uganda’s charge.

Good Chance. Kasirye will lead Uganda’s charge. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 

By REGINA NALUJJA

Badminton players head to Morocco for All Africa Games due August 16-30 with winning more medals at the back of their minds.
Six players including Uganda’s seed one Brian Kasirye, Devis Senono, Daniel Mihigo, Aisha Nakiyemba, Gladys Mbabazi and Mable Namakoye made it to the list that will represent the country at the continental event after two months of training at Sharing Youth Centre in Nsambya and MTN Arena, Lugogo.
Uganda’s Badminton has won three medals including two bronze and a silver at All Africa Games by one Edwin Ekiring, who will not take part in this year’s edition after retiring. Among Uganda’s favourites include Brian Kasirye and Aisha Nakiyemba who participated at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Kasirye, a student at Kakungulu Memorial School returned in June for the National Schools Badminton Championships after suffering a knee injury. Meanwhile Nakiyemba will be fresh from the 2019 Hyderabad Badminton Open in India where she took part last week.
“We have had enough training, the competition will be tight but we have all it takes to win medals,”Kasirye said. According to Uganda Badminton Federation Chief Executive Officer, Simon Mugabi, the event will be among the qualifiers for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“Regardless of points, players have to participate in many of such competitions to book slots for 2020 Olympics,” he said.
The Ugandan contingent for All Africa Games is expected to be flagged off on Friday by National Council of Sports (NCS).According to Uganda Badminton Federation Chief Executive Officer, Simon Mugabi, the event will be among the qualifiers for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“Regardless of points, players have to participate in many of such competitions to book slots for 2020 Olympics,” he said. The team will be flagged on Friday by NCS.

TEAM UGANDA FOR MOROCCO

MEN: Brian Kasirye, Devis Senono,
Daniel Mihigo,
WOMEN: Aisha Nakiyemba, Gladys
Mbabazi, Mable Namakoye

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