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Nigeria wins bronze medal at the African Judo Championships


Nigeria at the weekend won a bronze medal at the 41st African Seniors Championships held in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Nigeria’s only representative at the championships, Enku Ekuta, defeated Billet Sandrine of Cape Verde with an ippon to win bronze in the 63kg women on Friday.

Ekuta, who is sponsored by Accugas, a Savannah Energy Company, qualified for the semifinal after defeating Damiella Nomenjanahary of Madagascar with an ippon. Ekuta lost the semifinal bout to Amina Belkadi of Algeria.


The African Seniors Championships is one of the key judo events on the International Judo Federation (IJF) calendar aimed at enabling eligible judokas to gain points leading to qualification for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

The bronze medal has now added 350 IJF world ranking points to Ekuta’s points tally, and further enhances her chances of securing enough points to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

An elated Ekuta said winning a bronze medal at the championship was a dream come true. “I am happy that I participated at the 41st African Seniors Championships and I thank God for winning a bronze medal for Nigeria. I thank my sponsor, Accugas, and the Nigeria Judo Federation for their support.


“Although my target was gold, the bronze medal will nonetheless increase my total points in the race to qualify for the Olympics. I will work on my mistakes and improve on my performance in the next championship.”

Speaking on Ekuta’s feat, Head of Stakeholder Relations and Communication, Savannah Energy, Nkoyo Etuk, said, “We are impressed by Enku Ekuta’s performance in Antananarivo, Madagascar. She carried on her shoulders the additional responsibility of being the only Nigerian judoka again at a major continental championship – and she did Nigeria proud by winning a bronze medal.

“Accugas will continue to support her to ensure that she participates in more continental championships and gains enough points to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. We are confident that she will qualify and excel at the Olympics.”
Recall that Ekuta won gold at the Fourth African Judo Open held on November 14, 2020, in Dakar, Senegal.


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