Badminton 5 gunning for Peru tourney


THE Zambia Badminton Association is impressed with the level of consistency among the players picked to represent the country at the World Junior Championships in Peru from November 4 to 15.

ZBA general secretary Kingsley Mulenga said the five players were doing exceptionally well in training.

However, Mulenga said it was unfortunate that the players may not compete at the world championships as the association was still struggling to raise the K240, 000 needed to send the team to South America.

“The players have been performing well in local tournaments.  Their morale is high and they are pushing hard in training. But this preparation hangs in the balance because we are still looking for the K240, 000 to send the team. It will be sad to see their effort go to waste,” he said.

He said the association was doing everything it could to raise the money.

“We have approached corporate entities to assist in raising this money. Our humble appeal is to the corporate world to come on board and help nurture the talent of these junior players. They are really committed,” he said.

The team comprises of Kalombo Mulenga, Owen Mukuka, Chongo Mulenga, Mary Chipelemo and Evelyn Siamupangila.

Mulenga also said more than 30 players have entered for the Zambia International Championships that kick off from November 24 to 27 in Lusaka.

He said ZBA had received entries from the United States, Italy and Germany and was therefore expecting a tough competition for Zambian players.

He said the Zambia Open was part of the Southern Africa Circuit for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games qualifier.