President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria Mr Francis Orbih has described the task ahead for the players as an uphill task.
Orbih disclosed this recently at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, during the final of the 5th Lagos International Classics.
Speaking with newsmen Orbih said “Let me say something here, the people our players are struggling with for qualification have had more games and exposure than them”.
“Our players have had like 8 championships so far, while their contemporaries whom they are competing with have played about 18 championships”. “Our Players are trying and we are doing our best to give them all the needed support”.
“What we need to do currently is what we are doing to enable them meet up, expose them and allow them take part in more championships”
“From here we are now talking about the All African Games, which is also an Olympic qualifier and it is a plus for the players”. “And I am sure they are going to do very well there”.
Orbih further added that “After the All Africa Games we have the Egypt and the Algeria Internationals and with a few other European Championships, which will help put them in shape”
“What we are currently doing is to sustain the momentum and ensure we get the best from them so that they can reach the quarterfinals, semifinals and even the finals, and if possible, win”. Orbih concluded.