NWF names 90 for African fiesta
World silver medalist and Commonwealth Champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye, and five-time African Champion, Amas Daniel, are among 90 wrestlers that will hoist the country’s flag at this year’s African Wrestling Championships slated for Port Harcourt, Rivers State, between February 7 and 11, 2018.
The list released by the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) yesterday segmented the athletes to adorn the nation’s colour into three divisions that include 30 cadets of 15 to 17 years, 30 juniors of 18 to 20 years and 30 senior wrestlers.
Seven-time African Champions, Blessing Oborodudu and Ifeoma Nwoye; Commonwealth Champions, Aminat Adeniyi and All Africa Games gold medalist and two-time African Champion, Mercy Genesis, are among the athletes and medals hopeful named for tournament.
Also included in the team is Commonwealth Games 2010 gold-medalist and three-time African Champion, Sinivie Boltic, who is also expected to make the nation proud.
Adekuoroye’s younger sister, Mercy, who made the list, is expected to vie for the 53kg cadet’s category, while Richard Seitoakumo (57kg) will contest in the junior cadre.
This is the first time a country would be fielding a total of 90 athletes in the African Wrestling Championships.
Freestyle (Senior female): Mercy Genesis (50kg), Bose Samuel (53kg), Ifeoma Nwoye (55kg), Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Bisola Makanjuola (59kg), Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), Hannah Reuben (65kg), Blessing Oborodudu (68kg), Winnie Gofit (72kg), and Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg); Freestyle (Senior Male): Welson Ebikewenimo (57kg), Victor Firstman (61kg), Amas Daniel (65kg), John Ogbonnaya (70kg), Amos Assizecourt (74kg), Ekerekeme Agiomor (79kg), Melvin Bibo (86kg), Robert Daufa (92kg), Soso Tamarau (97kg), and Sinivie Boltic (125kg); Freestyle (Junior Female): Gloria Ojei (50kg), Gloria Ondeweraowei (53kg), Ozioma Joseph (55kg), Comfort Stephen (57kg), Nkechi Dimejesi (59kg), Precious Tiebri (62kg), Keke Yanyagbiri (65kg), Ebi Biogos (69kg), Courage Mango (73kg), and Queen James (76kg); Freestyle (Junior Male): Richard Seitoakumo (57kg), Reginald Ikiofakemefa (61kg), Joseph Anthony (65kg), Emeka Nwafor (70kg), Tari Padeiowei (74kg), Clarkson Ebiboloukew (79kg), Tarikebena Captain (86kg), Yelekme Netco (92kg), Izonna Ayaebi (97kg), and Radiance Akaribest (125kg); Freestyle (Cadet Female): Yetunde Oluwatoyin (40kg), Esther Asiolu (43kg), Christiana Ogunsanyo (46kg), Oluda Aina (49kg).
Mercy Adekuoroye (53kg), Adekoye Jumoye (57kg), Esther Kolawale (61kg), Balogun Sunmisola (65kg), Cecilia James (69kg), and Natasha Essien (76kg); Freestyle (Cadet Male): Kelvin Sariki (40-45kg), Oluwatosin Adegoke (48kg), Moses Ikatuboh (51kg), Ikechukwu Okafor (55kg), Stephen Akintene (60kg), Nnaemeka Kenechukwu (65kg), ThankGod Morgan (71kg), Newlife Ebikeme (80kg), Zikenah Amen (92kg), and Isaac Iwenji (110kg); Greco Roman (Senior): Henry Akinwale (55kg), Enenibodi Dick (60kg), John Arikpo (63kg), Romeo Joseph (67kg), Emmanuel Nworie (72kg), Perefaghe Kiribein (77kg), Tochukwu Okeke (82kg), Tobechukwu Udeh (87kg), Okuro Augustine (97kg) and Ilukwe Patrick Tagbo (130kg); Greco Roman (Junior): Segun Adebawo (55kg), Olubode Fayowole (60kg), Adekunle Julius (63kg), Pakistan Alfred (67kg), Chinonso Robinson (72kg), Agbonifo Ehichiel (77kg), Samuel Oyewole (82kg), Dickson Emmanuel (87kg), Omega Emmanuel (97kg), and Hassan Lawal (130kg); Greco Roman (Cadet): Henry Opokuma (45kg), Ogidi Perediegha (48kg), Fayolemi Damilola (51kg), Peter Ukoro (55kg), Robinson Ikechukwu (60kg), Aremu Taiwo (65kg), Ibrahim Abdulhameed (71kg), Buhari Umar Shuni (80kg), Yahaya Yahuze (97kg) and Ladoja Idowu (110kg).