Team Nigeria made sure they held strong to emerge champions of the Team event finals with a 2-3 sweet victory over a resilient Mauritius.
With the two teams tied at 2-2 on major scores, the final team game – the Mixed Doubles sent the Alfred Diette Spiff Civic Centre in raptures as the host country recorded an intensive 19-21, 19-21 triumph to edge Mauritius.
Nigeria and Mauritius beat Ghana and Egypt respectively en-route the finals of this year’s mixed team event at the All Africa Senior Championships.
Team Nigeria started strong with a statement performance in the men’s singles when the country’s number one, Anuolwapo Opeyori showed immense superiority with his 11-21, 16-21 straight set win over Mauritius’ Aatish Lubah.
Africa and Mauritius number one, Kate Foo Kune brought the game back on parity after a smart 21-12, 21-16 display against Deborah Ukeh.
The game was dueced at 1-1 before the men’s doubles of Aatish Lubah/ Julien Paul saw off Clement Krobakpo/Enejo Abah in another straight-set victory to give Mauritius a 2-1 lead.
Deborah Ukeh/ Dorcas Adesokan brought Team Nigeria back on a 2-2 parity when they defeated Aurelie Allet/ Lorna Bodha 8-21, 10-21 in the women’s doubles before a hyper ending to a thrilling decider in the mixed doubles which saw Nigeria edge one of the favourites at the All Africa Senior Championships 2019.
Day 5 continues with the commencement of the Individual events at the Alfred Diette Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State – Nigeria.