Lagos – Uganda’s Harriet Samugabi, one of the referees at the ongoing 2nd Lagos International Badminton Classics, on Friday applauded the performance of Nigerian players.
The referee said the skills displayed by the players at the competition showed a drastic improvement when compared with the last edition.
“At the maiden edition last year, most of the Nigerian players had crashed out before the round of 16. The players that were left were the country’s top players.
“From the qualifiers in this edition, the players fought so hard to make the main draws. Nigerian players have been fighting hard and are showcasing themselves as contenders.
“I like their fighting spirit and I am glad to see that the players have improved. I am also seeing new players in the Nigerian squad,’’ she said
Samugabi, who spoke at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Yaba, venue of the tournament, said the manner in which the players conducted themselves was responsible for the hitch-free tournament.
“The players are well behaved and I sincerely commend all of them for exhibiting good character all through.
“Once players are able to act right all other things will go on smoothly. I was at the maiden edition last year and I must say that the players behaved better than last year.
“I am optimistic that it will keep on improving and gradually we will get it all right,’’ she said.
The country is being represented by 20 players comprising 10 males and 10 females at the competition which served off on July 15 with 171 entries from 25 countries.
The total prize money at the 2nd edition which will end on July 18 is 15,000 dollars.