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Badminton successes for Northern Ireland and African nations

28 July 2002

Sunday’s morning session saw Northern Ireland and Botswana win two of the longest ties in the competition so far.

Bolton Arena 2

Northern Ireland beat Mauritius 4-1. Graham Henderson and Eugene McKenna won an epic Men’s Doubles match against Stephan Beeharry and Hyder Aboobkar clawing their way back from 6-0 down in the fifth set to win 8-6.

McKenna had regained a focus that was clearly lacking in earlier phases of the match.

He said afterwards: “We had played so badly to be losing 6-0 that we just didn’t think we could get any worse.

“The Mauritius pair began to look looked nervous and the crowd support helped us raise our game and come through it.”

Botswana secured their first win of the competition with a 3-2 victory over Ghana in a tight, evenly fought contest.

Ola Fagbemi and Ocholi Edicha secured Nigeria’s first ever win in international competition when they defeated the Canadians William Milroy and Stephan Wojcikiewicz in the Men’s Doubles, although Canada won the tie 4-1.

Cephas Lar, the President of the Nigerian badminton association said: “It is our first international win so we are very happy. The standard of play our team has produced during these Games has been good.”

The Nigerians were given extra impetus to win by the presence of the Nigerian Minister for Sport, Steve Akiga.

In Group B Moosa Nahid beat Guernsey’s Paul Le Toqo but the Maldives lost the tie 4-1.

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