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Nigeria’s Opeyori retains badminton crown

Nigeria’s number one badminton player, Anuoluwa Opeyori, has won his third African title in a space of five years to assert himself as Africa’s undisputable champion.

His latest victory came in South Africa as he beat Mauritius Julien Paul 18-21, 21-13, 21-18 to win the gold medal of the Men’s singles of the All Africa Senior Championships.

It was not an easy feat as the Nigerian delegation was psychologically drained even before the championship owing to non-issuance of travel visa to four of the 10-man team.

With his latest win, Opeyori has added to earlier titles won in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2019 and Kampala, Uganda in 2022.

He had also won the Men’s Singles title at the African Games in Morocco in 2019 to make it four titles in five years!

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade