Edwin Ekiring won the Zambian Badminton International in style; he didn’t drop a single set despite going into the tournament not seeded. Ekring defeated Slovakian Alen 2-0 (21-18, 21-8) in the finals on Sunday morning

“Have been going through intensive training in Holland were I reside, that set me apart from the rest,” the Ugandan told Kawowo Sports after winning the final. “Am in the best shape to compete and I knew that before I got here because of what I had achieved in Nigeria” he added refereeing to the gold he won at the Nigerian International last month.

Going to the finals Ekirng got a walk over after Ghanaian Sam Daniels failed to show up for their first round tie. He defeated the tournament fourth seed from Botswana Gaone Tawana 2-0 (21-13, 21-6) in the second. And in the quarters Egyptian and tournament fifth seed Abdelrahman Kashkal wasn’t spared as Ekiring defeated him 2-0 (21-15, 21-11).

Ekring defeated tournament seventh seed Prakash Vijayanath 2-0 (21-9, 21-11) in the semis before going on to win gold in the finals. “They were all good players but I had a better game plan, that set me apart from all of them,” Ekring added. “And I continue like this am sure I will win more title on the continent,” he added.

Ekiring came into this one ranked seventh on the continent and 289th in the world but the win will surely improve his ranking. Next up for Ekiring are the South African and Botswana Badminton Internationals in the next two week

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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