Nigeria’s crack wrestling team set for African Championships
The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has announced a strong team of 15 athletes that will fly the country’s flag at the 2020 African Wrestling Championships in Algiers, Algeria, from February 3-9.
Blessing Oborududu (68kg), a 9-time African champion and world No. 2 Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) headline the list, which is made up of 10 female and 5 male wrestlers.
Also in the list are multiple African champions Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), Mercy Genesis (50kg), Amas Daniel (65kg), Emmanuel John (74kg) and Soso Tamarau (97kg).World champion in Beach wrestling Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg), African champions Sunmisola Balogun (72kg), Bose Samuel (53kg), Bisola Makanjuola (59kg), Ebikewino Welson (57kg) and Ekerekeme Agiomor (86kg) are also in the squad.
The wrestlers have been intensifying preparations for the tournament in close camps in Yenagoa and Akure.They will be accompanied to the African Championships by four coaches and four officials.
The delegation, which will be led by the President of the NWF Hon, Daniel Igali, is expected to depart Nigeria on February 5 and arrive Algiers the next day via a Turkish Airline flight.
Team Nigeria will begin competition at the tournament in Women Wrestling on February 8, with the men in action a day after.The Nigerian women are defending champions in Women Wrestling at the African Championships, and will be hoping to successfully claim the title for a record-extending 9th time in a row.