By RONALD CHAWE –
OGAR Siamupangila will end the year on a high after she was named among the six ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ players of the year 2016 by Confederation of African Badminton (BCA).
According to the Africa-badminton.com, the reference site of African badminton, the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ is a recognition award given to best African player of the year by Africa-Baminton.com.
Siamupangila has been recognised for being consistent in her performances in all the major events she has taken part this year.
Siamupangila won two silver medals at the 2016 Uganda International Open in the ladies singles and doubles, before she went on to win another silver medal at the 2016 Mauritius International Open.
Just two weeks ago, she managed to reach the semi-finals of the 2016 Zambia International Open and the quarter-finals at the just ended South African International Open.
The points taken into account to rate the players’ performances are those calculated by the World Badminton Federation (WBF) from January 1 to December 31 each year.
Siamupangila accumulated 9,230 points below second ranked Foo Kune Kate of Mauritius, who collect 9,923 points.
2016 Zambia International Open champion Eltanany Menna of Egypt, who also bagged the 2016 South African International Open, topped the list with 10,506 points.
Siamupangila becomes only the second Zambian player to achieve this status, after Eli Mambwe, who came second in 2008 after he amassed 5,294 points when the award was introduced.
According to BCA, the allocation of the Golden Steering Wheel award takes into account the results obtained on the circuit Opens Africa, all African, those of the individual and those obtained under the African representation in World badminton Games and Africa such as Surdiman Cup – Thomas and Uber Cup and the Olympic Games.
And the Africa Badminton do not take into account individual interests in the International Tournaments outside the African continent and others under the aegis of the (WBF) championships and any other specific interests like Arab Games and Commonwealth Games, this is so that all players who do not have the opportunity to be engaged by their federation and or who are not in clubs or Continent, are on an equal footing.
In the men’s category South African Maliekal Jacob, who also won the South African International Open, led the pack with 11,578 points and was followed by Paul George Julien of Mauritius with 8,051, Ugandan Ekiring Edwin managed 5,540 points.