We are hoping to win many medals at the All Africa games – S.A Badminton President Glen Brothers

Badminton South Africa President Glen Brothers is confident that the country can win many medals at the upcoming All Africa Team Championships. The event will take place in Port Harcourt, Nigeria from the 22nd until the 25th of this month. The team championships will be followed by the Individual Championships from the 26th until the 28th. Brothers says they have selected a very young team. SA used to be the top ranked nation in Africa with decent ranking in the world. But in recent years they have fallen down the peck due to lack of competing in many international events. Brothers says lack of funding is a major challenge. The strong eight members team features Michelle Butler-Emmett, Johanita Scholtz and Bongani von Bodenstein, who represented the country at the Commonwealth Games in Australia last year. The remaining four members have only represented SA at the junior level. Brothers says there are private sponsors that are assisting them to compete in Nigeria. Badminton is not a popular sport like football, rugby and cricket. Brothers says it is small sporting code which is not lucrative and well paying.
Men-Bongani von Bodenstein, Jarred Elliot, Ruan Snyman, Sean Noone
Women- Elme de Villiers, Johanita Scholtz, Megan de Beer, Michelle Butler-Emmett