Badminton ace, Chongo Mulenga, drops on Africa rankings


BADMINTON prodigy, Chongo Mulenga has dropped a place on the Badminton Confederation of Africa (BCA) rankings ahead of the Uganda international Championship slated for February 20-23.
The Uganda International will be the last African qualifying circuit for the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
According to the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), Mulenga, a bronze medalist at the South African International, has now slumped into fourth position on the continental chart’s junior category with Egyptian, Abdelrahman Abdelhaim replacing him in third.
Algeria’s Youcef Sabri has maintained the top slot  and is trailed by Abraham Ayittey of Ghana in second while Adam Del Gama of Egypt completes the top five list on the African continent.
Badminton national coach Juma Muwowo described the race for the Nanjing Olympics as tight and that Mulenga needed more tournaments to increase his chances of qualifying.
Muwowo said the North Africans had been able to dominate on the BOC chart because of their frequent participation in European tournaments that earned them points.
He said there was need for Mulenga play at the Dutch Open in the Netherlands if the Zambian ace was to gain enough points.
“The race is now tight but we are very confident that Chongo (Mulenga) will qualify. All that is needed is for him to compete in a lot of tournaments ahead of the Olympics,” he said.
And Muwowo said Mulenga and women’s top seed, Olga Siamupangila would represent Zambia at the Uganda championship.
He said the duo was shaping up well in training for the tournament.