20 December 2012

Zambia: Badminton Team Off to a Good Start

The Zambia boy's team kicked off their All-Africa Schools Badminton Championship on a bright start winning two games in a row in the competition being played at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka.

Zambia started its campaign with a 3-2 win over Zimbabwe before crushing South Africa 5-0 in the games played in the best of three sets.

On court one Zambia's Chongo Mulenga made short work on South Africa's Niekie Badenhurt winning 2-1 (21-14, 21-10 and 21-11) as Mark Banda beat Rikus Voncoyk in straight sets 2-0 wining 21-13, 21-14 with Chelwa Nakainda overcoming Stefan Steyn in two sets 21-12, 21-13.

In the doubles category, a pair of Mulenga and Banda beat the South African duo of Badenhurt and Adrian Ebing 2-0 on set scores of 21-10 and 21-7 while Nakainda paired with Mulenga also taught a pair of Vancoyk and Steyn a lesson they duo will never forget after bashing them with a 2-0 victory with 21-16 and 24-22 scores.

In the girl's category, Zambia had failed to click in the championship as they lost two games at the hands of Mauritius and South Africa where the team suffered 4-1 and 5-0 losses respectively.

Other results saw Mauritius beating Kenya 5-0 as Namibia thrashed Uganda 4-1 with Zambia losing 4-1 to Mauritius in a competition that runs up to the weekend and has attracted participation from Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and host Zambia.

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