Zilberman, Maliekal Stand In Ekiring's Way For Ethiopia Open Title

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Top seed Misha Ziberman from Israel and 2015 All Africa Games gold medalist Jacob Maliekal will stand in Edwin Ekirings way when the Ethiopia International Badminton Championship starts this week in Addis Ababa.

Top seed Misha Ziberman from Israel and 2015 All Africa Games gold medalist Jacob Maliekal will stand in Edwin Ekiring's way when the Ethiopia International Badminton Championship starts this week in Addis Ababa.

The tournament sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (WBF) will run September 24-27. Uganda will send two top players Ekiring and Bridget Shamim Bangi.


Simon Mugabi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Badminton Association (UBA) told URN on Tuesday that they have already provided air tickets to the two players to travel and take part in the Ethiopia event and the Nigeria International Open slated for September 30 to October 3 in Abuja.


After losing to Maliekal in the Kampala International Championship last Sunday, Ekiring has vowed to play better in Ethiopia. "I cannot take chances in Addis Ababa and my eyes are set on winning the title," added Ekiring.


While Ziberman will be ranked first for the event, Austria's Luka Wraber is second, while Ekiring and Maliekal are third and fourth respectively.


Ekiring who is ranked 84th in the world together with his main rival Maliekal are vying to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games to take place in Brazil. Being among the top 100 players in the world or top player in Africa is automatic qualification for the Olympics


The other top players expected in Ethiopia event  include; Zorlu Sinan (Turkey), Belarbi Mohamed Abderrahime (Algeria) and Abdelhakim Abderrahman from Egypt. Bangi will face tough competition from the All Africa Games gold medalist Grace Gabriel (Nigeria), Foo Kune Kate (Mauritius), Hosny Hadia (Egypt) and Turkey's Yazgan Ebru.