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Kenya Badminton Holds First Tournament Ahead Of Birmingham 2022 Trials

Kenya badminton players had their first tournament that will lead up to their Commonwealth Games trials today May 21st, 2022 at the Aga Khan Sports Centre Parklands, Nairobi.

The tournament which attracted a total of 97 players, 39 women and 57 men on day one, saw the players put their best foot forward with everyone aiming to make it to the quarter-finals stage, a spot that will see them make it to the trials.

The series will eventually have eight males and females go on to battle it out during the national trials to be held on the 11th and 12th June 2022.

Speaking at the event, team manager Mercy Mwethya shared her expectations of the team which will eventually make the cut to represent Kenya in Birmingham.

 “It’s always exciting to see new blood coming in, that means there is something somewhere is being done right, it also means a new generation of players is coming up and there is hope that there is a good transition from the old generation,” said Mercy.

The ladies category saw a heated competition between Marion Ngotho of Jomo Kenyatta University and Faith Musengya of Kenyatta University. The match went to three sets where Marion won 19-21, 25-23, 21-18.

“The matches are tough because everyone has come to try and get a slot for commonwealth games. My expectation is to play well, be competitive enough and hopefully make it to the trials and eventually the Commonwealth Games” shared Marion

It was equally a heated affair in the men’s category with Wanyoike John and Edwin Waithaka who are doubles partners and have for a long time exchanged ranks on the Kenya seed one position was probably the most exciting match in the men’s preliminaries. John Wanyoike edged out Edwin Waithaka by two sets to one(19-21, 21-13, 21-14.

Another men’s match had Fabian Derrick of Aga Khan club Kisumu overcoming Stephen Gathungu 21-19, 21-7.

“My main aim coming to this tournament was to make it to the final eight, make it to the trials, and possibly qualify to represent Kenya in Birmingham. The competition here was a tough one but I am happy to have won my match.” Said Fabian.

The second tournament will be held on the 28th and 29th of May, the first trials will be held on the 11th and 12th of June and the second trials will be on the 25th and 26th of June.