African Games 2023: How Kobugabe, Mbabazi clinched Uganda’s historic gold in Badminton

Accra, (GH):- In a historic moment for Ugandan badminton, the nation secured its first-ever gold medal at the African Games 2023, courtesy of the women’s doubles pair, Husina Kobugabe and Gladys Mbabazi. 

The dynamic duo made their mark on Sunday in Accra, Ghana, defeating Algerian opponents, Halla Bouksani and Tanina Violette Mammeri, in a thrilling final with scores of 23-21, 21-14.

Kobugabe, not content with just one medal, also showcased her prowess in the women’s singles category, clinching the silver medal after a hard-fought battle against South Africa’s Johanita Scholtz, with a scoreline of 21-16, 17-21, 19-21. Despite the loss, Kobugabe’s performance highlighted her resilience and skill on the court.

While Uganda celebrated its historic triumph, Algeria made its presence felt on the badminton stage, securing victories in both the men’s and mixed doubles categories. 

Uganda’s historic Badminton gold winners in a group photo with Sports Minister, Hon Peter Ogwang Ogwang

Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel emerged victorious in the men’s doubles, while the Mammeri siblings dominated the mixed doubles, adding to Algeria’s medal tally.

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Meanwhile, Nigeria showcased its badminton prowess with Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori clinching the men’s singles gold medal. Opeyori, a three-time defending African champion, displayed his tenacity and skill in a closely contested final against compatriot Godwin Olofua, ultimately emerging triumphant with scores of 21-23, 21-17, 21-15.

The African Games have been a platform for badminton excellence since its inclusion in 2003, providing opportunities for athletes across the continent to showcase their talent and compete at the highest level. 

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Uganda’s historic gold medal achievement underscores the growing prowess of African nations in the sport and serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of athletes like Kobugabe and Mbabazi.

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