Ekiring Falls In Kampala International Badminton Open

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South Africas Jacob Maliekal on Sunday won the Kampala International Badminton Open Championships.

South Africa's Jacob Maliekal on Sunday won the Kampala International Badminton Open Championships.


Fresh from winning a gold medal at the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville, Maliekal defeated Africa's top player Edwin Ekiring in an explosive final 2-1. The South African who is ranked 90th in the world took the first game 21-8 before the Ekiring fought back to win the second 21-18.


But the charged Maliekal who showed good movement on court and quick reflex in net play and shooting won the final game 21-10. "It is a nice to win again in Uganda after I won the Uganda International Open title early this year," said the happy Maliekal after the game.


The South African also beat Ekiring in the team events category of the All Africa Games in Congo. "This game was always going to go either way. But I think Maliekal had a better game and won the day," said the Netherlands based Ekiring who is ranked 84th in the world.


In the women's singles Africa's forth best player Bridget Shamim Bangi stopped Daisy Nakalyango 21-15, 21-7. In the men's doubles Herbert Ebayo and Jacob Musisi saw off Alex Babu and Farouk Waya 21-16, 24-22. Ebayo was again in winning form when he paired with Daisy Nakalyango to win the mixed doubles title after stopping Davies Senono and Mable Namakoye 21-14, 21-7.


Nakalyango who was also part of Uganda's team at the All Africa Games in Congo paired with Gloria Najjuka to beat Brnda Mugabi and Aisha Nakiyemba in the women's doubles final 21-17, 21-11.