Egypt’s Adham Hatem Elgamal claimed the men’s singles title at the 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship held in Kampala, Uganda, on Thursday.
Elgamal, who had earlier stopped Zambia’s Kalombo Mulenga in the semifinal, defeated compatriot Ahmed Salah 21-14, 21-14 in the final.
“This is a very good day for me. We won the team event and I also won the men’s singles,” Elgamal told Xinhua.
In the women’s singles final, South Africa’s Johanita Scholtz denied Egypt another chance to win when she stopped top seed Doha Hany 21-15, 21-11.
Hany was again upset in the mixed doubles final when she was paired with Elgamal and lost to the Algerian pair of Koceila Mammeri and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-16, 21-13.
The men’s doubles final was won by Algeria’s Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel who beat Egypt’s Abdelrahman Abdelhakim and Salah 21-18, 21-16.
After winning the women’s singles, South Africa’s Scholtz, teamed up with Amy Ackerman, suffered a loss to Algeria’s Mounib Celia and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-19, 21-17.
Annet Nakamya, chairperson of the Uganda Badminton Association, said the organization was proud of having hosted a successful tournament with tough COVID-19 protocols.
“We witnessed good badminton and we are also happy with the performances of our players,” added Nakamya.