John Wanyoike and Marion Ngotho registered victories in today’s Kenya badminton champions cum Commonwealth Games qualifiers held today at the Aga Khan Sports Centre Parklands.
The duo was among the 97 players, 39 women and 57 men on day one ahead of national trials to be held on the 11th and 12th June 2022.
In the women category, Ngotho of Jomo Kenyatta University defated Faith Musengya of Kenyatta University in 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
In men, Wanyoike was too smart against Edwin Waithaka with the fromer winning in 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.
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.