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More gold for SA badminton players in Botswana

South African’s badminton players have added to their team gold medal at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Botswana, writes Mark Etheridge.

After winning the team final 4-1 against Nigeria, the Proteas ended up with four out of the possible six gold medals up for grabs in Lobatse.

Jacob Maliekal, pictured right, successfully defended his continental singles title for the fourth time.

On this occasion he beat Nigeria’s Abah Eneojo 21-11 2-17 in only 19 minutes to take the honours. He told BCA News afterwards: “It been a long week for me and I’m glad I finally got my gold medal. It was difficult to remain focus throughout the tournament but I managed to keep my concentration for my match against Abah.

“I started the match at a high pace to put pressure of my opponent. I won the first game quite easily and I tried to do the same thing in the second game.ÔÇØ

Nigeria were also on the losing end in the men’s doubles final as 2012 Olympian Wiaan Wiljoen and Andries Malan beat Abah Eneojo and Victor Makanju 21-8 21-15.

Viljoen then teamed up with rising star Michelle Butler-Emmett to win an all-South African mixed doubles final as they beat Malan and Jennifer Fry 21-18 21-17. South Africa’s fourth gold medal was the victory in the team category.


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