Ghana’s duo of Michael Opoku Baah and Daniel Sam yesterday qualified for the semi-final of the men’s doubles event at the ongoing at the 2019 J E Wilson International Badminton Tournament at the SNITT Trust Emporium at Bukom in Accra.
The duo thumped their Nigerian counterparts of Gideon Babalola and Habeeb Temitope Bello 21-17, 22-24, 21-19 to secure Ghana’s only semi-final berth at the competition.
The tension-filled encounter, watched by a sizable spectators saw the Ghanaians finish the first set as victors recording a 21-17 points but they lost the second set to the Nigerians which pushed the match to the final and deciding set.
Cheered on by the sizable Ghanaian fans, both Baah and Sam played out of their skins to shock their opponents with a 21-17, 22-24, 21-19 score line to set the venue on a jubilant mood. The match lasted a staggering one hour and 30 minutes.
They will now face India’s number one seed M R Arjun and Ramchandra Shlok for a slot to the final.
In the women’s doubles event, the tables turned as Nigeria’s Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan combined perfectly Uchechukwu Deborah Ukeh to eliminate Ghana’s Grace Atipaka and Perpetual Mensah Quaye.
Ghana’s other representatives for the women’s doubles event failed to make it for the semis as Jennifer Abitty and Rabiatu Ofoli were beaten 21-8, 21-8 by India’s duo of Maneesha Kukkapalli and Rutaparna Panda in the quarter-final.
In the singles event, Adjele Joelin Degbey, Victoria Asmah, Rabiatu Ofoli, Regina Asiebeka, Grace Atipaka and Philomena Bagulo all lost their matches at the early stages of the tournament.
The four-day tournament, which started on Thursday has attracted 101 badminton players and officials from 27 countries.
The competition also serves as an opportunity for Ghanaian players to accrue more points to help them qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games.
G4S, world security company, are sponsors for the global tournament. The G4S Company is the official security sponsor of the event while Coca-Cola Company is the official beverage sponsor.