17 COUNTRIES TAKING PART IN AFRICAN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HOSTED BY ALGERIA

ALGIERS– Seventeen countries will be takingpart in the African Senior Badminton Championships which will be held in Algiers from Feb 12 to 18 at the Harcha-HacAne Arena, the President of the Algerian Badminton Federation (FABa), Messaoud Amine Zoubiri, says.

“A total of 119 athletes from 17 African countries will be present in Algiers to participate in the major event, which will also serve as qualification for the World Championships to be held next May in Thailand. The competition in this largest tournament in Africa will be very tough between Nigeria, Mauritius, Egypt and Algeria,” he told a media briefing here Sunday.

This event will see the participation of Algeria (host), Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Morocco, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Mauritius and Seychelles.

Algeria will be represented by eight men and nine women players, “including Bouksani Halla, who has already earned her ticket for the Olympic Youth Games to be held in Buenos Aires (Argentina)” from Oct 6 to 18, 2018, added Messaoud Amine Zoubiri.

“Our objective is to win the maximum number of medals, even if competition is tough in the presence of Africa’s best players. Only the champions of Africa (among men and women) will qualify for the World Championships in Thailand,” he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK