Africa’s leading badminton player Edwin Ekiring had a disappointing October after settling for Bronze at the All Africa Games and Nigerian International on top of silver at the Kampala meet.

The three time All Africa Games medalist won the Egyptian Badminton International Features on Saturday, dropping just one set.

Ekiring who was seeded number one going into the championship came from a set down to defeat Slovakian and tournament second seed Alen Roj 2-1 (20-22, 25-23, 21-18) in the final.

Last month was really tough; I had a chance to bag three gold medals at three major tournaments but failed, with this win, I can only hope for the best going forward

Ekiring got a bye into the second round where he met Jordanian Bahaedeen Ahmad who he dismissed in straight sets (21-14, 21-13).

In the quarters, Ekiring played against Egyptian Abdelrahman Abdelhakim who proved to be mismatch, the Holland based player won (21-11, 21-14).

Malaysian Ridzwan Rahmat was also whitewashed (21-18, 21-15) as the Ugandan made the finals.

It wasn’t easy as it looks, I had to really bring my A game, from the onset, especially in the final, two sets had to be decided by deuce. Being a top seeded player at a tournament makes you the target from the onset, I managed to endure and I came out on top

Ranked 82 in the world currently, Ekiring will be hoping that his position improves by Thursday when the new rankings will be released.

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

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