In Summary

This year, Bangi has only played the Mombasa Open in August and Tamil Sangam Challenge last month.

She swept all categories singles, doubles and mixed doubles with Aisha Nakiyemba and Fred Kirabo respectively

Kampala.

At the start of the year, Shamim Bangi was lying number three in the Africa women’s badminton rankings.

But she’s steadily declined three places down on those charts and actually, Bangi has a reason why. “Lack of finances has kept me seated so I haven’t played much this year,” she told this paper yesterday.

“I have hoped for financial support from Uganda Olympic Committee and the government but I think there was no money for me.”
This year, Bangi has only played the Mombasa Open in August and Tamil Sangam Challenge last month.

She swept all categories singles, doubles and mixed doubles with Aisha Nakiyemba and Fred Kirabo respectively.

Regardless, she expects a much tougher test at the East Africa City Tyres Badminton Challenge at Lugogo Indoor Stadium this weekend. “It will be a little tougher,” she said of the October 7-9 competition.
“There are so many Kenyan and Tanzanian and other foreigners so I have to up my game,” added the player who begins her Masters in Business Administration at Ndejje University next week.

Participants are expected to compete in five categories at the highly anticipated tournament; professionals, universities, schools, Ugandan and Indian.

dbugembe@ug.nationmedia.com