Uganda's upcoming youngster Brian Kasirye will face a tough test on Saturday when he battles Dmitriy Panarin (Kazakhstan) in the second round of the 2018 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship.
The 17-year old Kasirye dumped Kenya's John Wanyoke 21-18, 21-14 in his first game on Friday at the Lugogo Arena. He was the only Ugandan men's player to qualify for the next stage. “ I am happy that I made it to the next round. But I promise to play better at the next stage which will not be easy,” Kasirye told URN.
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Uganda's professional player Edwin Ekiring who plies his trade Weiler-la-Tour Club in Luxembourg suffered a humiliating defeat 21-10, 21-18 to Germany's Jonathan Persson. “ I completely failed to play well and made several mistakes,” said Ekiring who has played at two Olympic Games in Beijing and London.
Africa's top badminton player and defending champion Georges Julien Paul from Mauritius had not respect for Uganda's Herbert who he humbled 21-11, 21-12. Julien Paul who is ranked 87th in the world will however expected to face a tough challenge against Mohd Naser Mansour Nayef in the second round. The Jordan player defeated Uganda's Fred Kirabo 21-10, 21-12.
Bahaedeen Ahmed Alshannik from Jordan who is the tournament's second seeded player survived an upset when Victor Odra Munga (Kenya) who went through the qualifiers forced him to the third set before he won 21-13, 19-21, 21-13. Uganda's other men's players who lost included; Amos Mayanja, Jacob Musisi and Daniel Mihigo.
In the women's singles top seed Kate Foo Kune (Mauritius), Egypt's Hadia Hosny who is ranked second and Uganda's Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba all advanced to the next round. The Championship sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will climax on Sunday with the best players winning cash prizes.