Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

Rafio Oyebanji Bello Triumphs on Opening Day of Uganda Para-Badminton International 2018

Keen on upgrading his previous bronze medals, Rafio Oyebanji Bello displayed remarkable tenacity to secure a victory over Indrajit Pal on the first day of the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2018. The Men’s Singles SL 4 clash between Bello and his Indian counterpart captivated the audience at the MTN Arena in Lugogo, with Bello emerging victorious with a scoreline of 17-21, 21-17, 21-19 in a thrilling match that lasted 46 minutes.

Aiming for Gold

Bello expressed his satisfaction with the win, especially considering his loss in the semifinals to an Indian player in the previous year. He acknowledged the strength of Indian players and acknowledged the pressure he felt due to the expectations set by his previous bronze medal. Bello confidently stated, “I am aiming to win gold this time.”

Impressive Performances

Later in the day, Bello, as the No.2 seed, had an easier outing against Uganda’s James Kapleni, securing a comfortable victory with a scoreline of 21-3, 21-5. The completion of the round-robin matches in all the singles events saw newcomer Emmanuel Pinochet Amougui making a comeback after losing the first game to beat Uganda’s Bashir Mutyaba in Men’s Singles SL 3. This victory, especially considering that Amougui began playing the sport just a month ago, marked a positive turn of events for the Cameroonian.

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Amougui shared his nervousness in the first game but expressed his increased confidence as the match progressed. He also expressed the joy he derives from playing badminton and his hope for more victories in the future.

Additionally, Egypt’s Nasr Elsayed showcased an impressive display of resilience in ousting Peter Achola Oloo in their Men’s Singles WH 2 encounter, sealing a victory with a scoreline of 20-22, 21-10, 21-13.

In Women’s Singles SL 3, Gift Ijeoma Chukwuemeka of Nigeria swept her three group matches in straight games. Meanwhile, Cristance Moffouo of Cameroon fought hard for her victory over Naomi Sarpong of Ghana (22-20, 17-21, 21-17) and No.2 seed Rose Nansereko of Uganda (21-6, 20-22, 21-11).

Display of Class

The top-seeded Malaysian players, Cheah Liek Hou in Men’s Singles SU 5 and Madzlan Saibon in Men’s Singles WH 2, demonstrated their exceptional skills by comfortably defeating their respective opponents. In the Men’s Singles WH 1 category, Richard Perot of France faced a tough challenge from Atef Mahmoud but managed to clinch victory with a score of 21-19, 24-22 in 36 minutes.

Doubles Action and International Participation

The upcoming days of the tournament will witness doubles action across all six sport classes. With athletes competing in 19 events, this year’s tournament marks the first international participation for many players since being officially classified by the Badminton World Federation earlier this week.


Stay tuned for more updates on the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2018.


Rafio Oyebanji Bello’s impressive victory on the opening day of the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2018 sets the stage for an exciting tournament. With players from various countries showcasing their skills and determination, badminton enthusiasts are in for an incredible display of talent and sportsmanship. Keep following the tournament for more thrilling matches and memorable moments.

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