Para-Badminton: Khamuka, Kizza live to fight another day

By David Namunyala

Khadija Khamuka is now scheduled to take on Helle Sofie Sagoy from Norway

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Uganda Para-Badminton International Open

Men (SL 3)

Beni Mutima bt Ronaldson Kaggwa 21-19, 18-21, 21-14

Daisuke Fujihara bt Kumar Nitesh 24-22, 21-9            

Julius Masereka bt Bashir Mutyaba 21-8, 21-9             

Manoj Sarkar bt Paddy Kizza 21-5, 21-5


Marcelo Conceicao bt Moshe Zahavi 21-5, 21-7 

Women (SL 4) 

Thory Wieben bt Khadija Khamuka 21-19, 21-15


Valeska Knoblauch bt Monica Nankunda 21-3, 21-1         

Uganda's Khadija Khamuka and Paddy Kizza have set their sights on winning their quarterfinal fixtures on Friday at the Uganda Para-Badminton International Open at Lugogo.

Youngster Khamuka succumbed to the more experienced Thory Wieben from German 19-21, 15-21 in the last fixture of Pool C of the women's singles in the SL 4 category.

"I was nervous at the start and this led me to lose the first set and when I thought I was going to recover in the other set, I instead made some errors and she took advantage of that to bring me down," Khamuka explained.

oach illiam abindi right passes on advice to hamuka hoto by ichard anyaCoach William Kabindi (right) passes on advice to Khamuka. Photo by Richard Sanya


She had earlier beaten Evelyne Manishimwe of Burundi (2-0) and Mamie Mbuaya from DR Congo.

The mixed performance saw the Mbogo High student finish second in her group with 4 points from three matches to qualify for the next stage.

Khamuka is now scheduled to take on Helle Sofie Sagoy from Norway in the quarterfinals at the indoor arena in Lugogo.

Meanwhile, her colleague Wieben who finished at the top of the Pool C table with 6pts and will be playing Burundi's Pelagi Niyonzima in the quarters.

In the men's quest Uganda's Paddy Kizza Kasirye has also kept himself in the running after beating Congo's Christian Bibwe-Mbumbwe (2-0) and Kenya's Edwin Muruah Mwangi (2-0) in the SL 3 singles category at the event ending on Sunday.