KAMPALA: Algeria and Egypt successfully defended their titles at badminton’s All Africa Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, qualifying for the Thomas and Uber Cups.
In the men’s competition at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Ugandan capital Kampala, Algeria clinched a trio of singles victories against an Egypt side who reached the final for the first time.
Youcef Sabri Medel came from a game behind to beat Adham Hatem Elgamal , with Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi triumphing in three games against Ahmed Salah.
A 21-13, 22-20 victory for Adel Hamek over Mohamed Mostafa Kamel helped Algeria to win the continental title for the third successive edition without the need for the doubles contests.
Algeria had beaten Mauritius 3-0 in the last four in a repeat of the 2020 final, while Egypt overcame four-time winners South Africa 3-1.
Mauritius and South Africa both took bronze medals.
Hosts Uganda had enjoyed a tremendous run to their first final in the women’s event, but holders Egypt proved too strong.
Doha Hany came from behind to defeat Fadilah Shamika Mohamed Rafi, with Nour Ahmed Youssri beating Tracy Naluwooza in straight games to put Egypt 2-0 in front.
Husina Kobugabe won both games 21-8 against Jana Hesham Mohamed Abdelkader to halve the deficit for Uganda, and the host nation led in the doubles clash as Brenda Awor and Naluwooza took the first game 21-18 against Hany and Hesham Mohamed Abdelkader.
However, the Egyptian duo edged the following two games 21-19 and 23-21 to clinch a 3-1 victory.
As they did in the men’s tournament, Mauritius and South Africa secured bronze.
Algeria’s men have qualified for this year’s Thomas Cup, with Egypt’s women reaching the Uber Cup.
Both competitions are due to be held in Thailand’s capital Bangkok from May 8 to 15.
Badminton is set to continue in Kampala tomorrow with the start of the All Africa Individual Championships.
A total of 134 players have entered with medals in five events up for grabs – the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and the mixed doubles.
South Africa’s Johanita Scholtz won the women’s singles and doubles titles in Kampala last year, playing with Amy Ackerman in the latter event.
However, Scholtz has withdrawn from this year’s tournament.
Algeria won the other two doubles events courtesy of Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel in the men’s, and Mammeri and Tanina Mammeri in the mixed.
Egypt’s Elgamal is the defending men’s singles champion.