The President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria Francis Orbih Esq has stated that he never expected his team to come this far in the qualifier.
An impressed Orbih who fielded questions from Sports Intelligence Magazine from Egypt reacted as Nigeria reached the semifinals of the male and female categories respectively.
“It was really tough playing yesterday, having arrived in the morning after two days journey with very little sleep” he started.
“I didn’t expect the players to do this well”. “I had given up because of how tired I was yesterday, yet the players are in the semifinal”
However, he noted that It’s only in the mixed doubles that Nigeria did not reach the semifinal and praised the team for their commitment.
Orbih who is also the leader of the Nigerian contingent to Egypt, ended by saying “Its now obvious to everyone why Egypt wanted us out”.
It will be recalled that Nigeria’s team travel to Egypt was delayed by the late issuance of visas by Egyptian embassy in Nigeria leading to the team traveling while the competition had started.