AFN picks 28 athletes for African Junior Championship


athletic_trackThe Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Friday announced the list of 28 athletes and officials that would represent Nigeria at the African Junior Championships slated for Pretoria, South Africa from June 26.

AFN’s Technical Director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, said that the athletes and officials were selected at its trial held last month in Port Harcourt.

Nesiama added the selection was finalised on June 5, from the long-month long trials in Port Harcourt.

Among the selected athletes, according to Nesiama, are Harry Chibuke, Anthony Egode, Mamusi Emuobonuvie and Victor Ikhazoboh, for the 100m boys.

Briggs Tamunotoye and Akere Omezia will feature in the 200m boys.

For the 400m boys are Oshasha Samson, Ottah Ugochukwu, Ebelebe Charles and Adeniji Ademola, while only Thadeus Okpara will feature in the high jump event for boys at the meet.

In the 100m women category are Peace Uko, Deborah Odeyemi, Mariam Bassey, Nkem Eziala and Morolake Akinnusi, while Rita Ossai, Comfort Ekanem, Ada Benjamin, Nkiruka Uwakwe and Abike Egbeniyi would feature in the 400m.

Abike Egbeniyi is to feature in the 800m event, Aminat Olowora for 1,500m, while Efe Favour will compete in the 100m and 400m hurdles.

The long jump event will feature Ese Brume, Nwaneka Okwelogu in the shot put and discus events, while Faustina Oguh will compete in the race-walk event.

Nesiama said that coaches selected for the events are: Tobias Igwe, Daniel Otsemobor, Uche Emedolu, Maria Usifo, Adebayo Bada, Saheed Alabi, Seigha Porbeni and Dr Peter Oboh, while Olufemi Ajao is the team’s secretary.

The AFN director appealed to the team to be good ambassadors, adding that he was optimistic that the selected athletes would do the country proud at the championships.




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