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Nigeria overwhelms S. Africa in All-Africa Games badminton
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09:16, July 16, 2007

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Nigeria on Sunday smashed South Africa 3-0 and came onto the top in badminton team event of the ninth All-Africa Games, making revenge for a home defeat four years ago in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

In the women's singles, Kubi Grace Daniel, an African champion, scored a 2-0 win over South Africa's Stacey Doubell.

In the men's singles, Jimkam Bulus defeated his rival Abraham Willem Viljoen 2-1. While in the women's doubles, Nigeria's Daniel teamed up with Susan Ideh and managed to overrun their rivals, Chantelle Botts and Michelle Edwards.

Nigeria had reached the medal playoff earlier in the day after taking a 3-0 easy win over host Algeria in the semi-final. South Africa, on the other hand, had made a narrow 3-2 win over Seychelles in the semi-final.

Algeria and Seychelles, which also collected the bronze medal in 2003 in Abuja, shared the bronze medal.

Four years ago at the eighth edition of the All-Africa Games, South Africa beat host Nigeria in the final and went home with the team gold.

This is the second time that badminton is represented at the All-Africa Games after it was introduced at the 2003 tournament.

The individual badminton events of the ongoing Games are due to be started on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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