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Badminton: Team Ghana misses out on semi finals slot

Ghana’s Badminton Team missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the Team event despite an impressive second day performance which saw the young team beating Seychelles 5:0 in their last Group B game.

Team Ghana lost 5:0 to South Africa in their opening Group game on Thursday as Coach Jacob Wilson’s boys and girls struggled with the cold weather conditions and altitude in Gaborone, having only arrived two days to the opening game.

The mixed doubles pair of Emmanuel Botwe and Victoria Asmah went down to South Africa’s Von Bodestein and A. Schoones 22-20 21-9.

Victoria Asmah partnered Diana Archer in the Women’s doubles event but could not restore parity for Team Ghana as they were overwhelmed by A. Schoones and G. Roberts to lose 21-19 21-15.

Diana Archer also lost the women’s singles to J. Van Der Vyver 21-12 21-11.

Ghana’s Abraham Ayittey, the second athlete on a GOC sourced Olympic Solidarity scholarship, then engaged R. Synman in a gruelling men’s singles encounter which could have gone either way. Ayittey clawed back his way into the tie after losing the first set but eventually lost 21-14 19-21 22-20.

The men’s doubles witnessed a much closer encounter with the pair of Abraham Ayittey and Mohammed Adam winning the first set, but B. Von Bodestein and B. Visser staged a dramatic comeback to win 18-21 21-15 22-20.

Despite their opening day loss, Coach Jacob Wilson’s boys and girls mounted a serious challenge in their next game against Egypt to secure one of the semi final slots in the group.

Abraham Ayittey was the star of the show, beating Egypt’s Yousef Essam 21:12 21:10 in the boys singles event after the mixed doubles pair Emmanuel Botwe and Victoria Asmah had lost 21:16 21-8 to Egypt’s Elgamal Adham and Mostafa Farida.

After Diana Archer also lost 21-13 21-12 to Hany Doha in the girls singles event, Ayittey partnered Mohammed Adam in the boys doubles event as they came back from a set down to beat Egypt’s Elgamal Adham and Abdelhakim Abdallah 13-21 21-17 21-17.

But Diana Archer and Victoria Asmah could not hold the nerve in the deciding game, losing 21-18 18-21 21-11 to Egypt’s Hany Doha and Mostafa Farida.

In their last group game against Seychelles, Team Ghana secured a comprehensive victory, winning 5:0 overall.

Meanwhile, Ghana has entered five candidates in the singles event which starts on Sunday.

Source: allsports.com.gh
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