Players from 10 African countries are battling for laurels at the 15th All Africa Schools Badminton Championships currently underway at the Tema International School.
The eight-day tournament, organised by the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) involves over 100 players from second-cycle institutions in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Ghana.
The winning country (school) will represent Africa at the World Schools Badminton Championship to be held in Greece in April 2020.
Mr Evans Yeboah (second right) addressing the teams during the opening ceremony on Friday
In the men’s team event, Nigeria beat Ghana 3-0 in the semi-final to book a date with Cote d’Ivoire who also defeated Benin 3-1 in the other semi-final match. The final will be played today.
In the women’s category, South Africa recorded a 3-0 win against Benin in Group A to make it to the final.
The individual matches will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the closing ceremony on Thursday.
A section of the Nigerian team
At the opening ceremony last Friday, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah commended the leadership of the Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG), the Badminton Confederation of Africa as well as the Badminton World Federation (BWF) for selecting Ghana as the host of the prestigious competition, which started in 1996.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, I pay tribute to the Executive Board of the Badminton Association of Ghana for their pioneering role and great effort in bringing the Africa Schools Championships to Ghana and for that West Africa for the first time.
I also want to commend both the Africa and the World governing bodies of the sport of badminton for their blessings for Ghana to host this important event, as well as for their sustenance effort in making the sport an integral part of the educational system, not only in Ghana but other parts of the Africa continent through its flagship programme “Shuttle Time.”
For his part, president of the BAG, Mr Evans Yeboah assured that his outfit will make sure the participants stayed safe and satisfied during the memorable tournament in accordance with BCA rules and regulations concerning such championships.