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16-Year Old Kasirye Storms Badminton Pre-Quarters

Kakungulu Memorial Secondary Schools Brian Kasirye has made history after qualifying for the pre-quarter final stage in Badminton at the on-going Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Edwin Ekiring playing in his last outing for Uganda before calling it quits.


Kakungulu Memorial Secondary School's Brian Kasirye has made history after qualifying for the pre-quarter final stage in Badminton at the on-going Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The 16-year old this morning defeated Trinidad & Tobago's Nicholas Bonkowsky 15-21, 21-10, 21-11 in a game that lasted 35 minutes at the Carrara Sports Arena.

Kasirye who has dominated the men's singles on the local scene in Uganda eliminated Douglas Clark (Farkland Islands) in the first round 21-14, 21-7. He will now face the winner between Benjamin Li (Isle of Man) and the World sixth ranked player Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia).  

“This is very good for Ugandan badminton because our youngsters are now showing they have matured. I am happy for Kasirye,” William Kabindi, one of the Ugandan coaches who has worked with Kasirye told URN.

Earlier Aisha Nakiyemba lost her first round match in the women's singles 21-18, 21-15 to Jamaica's Katherine Wynter .Bridget Shamim Bangi failed to play against Yeo Jia Min on Wednesday because of a knee injury.

Former African top seed and Uganda's most decorated Badminton player Edwin Ekiring failed to got past the second round after falling to Rajiv Ouseph 21-8, 21-12. The English player who is ranked fourth in the men's singles also stopped Ekiring 2-0 in the team events. The defeat also marked Ekiring's last appearance for the national team as he heads back to Luxemburg to concentrate on coaching and playing for his club.

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