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AAG: Gusau confident Nigerian athletes will shine in Morocco

Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare celebrates after winning gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Nigeria’s queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare celebrates after winning gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Ahead of the 12th All-Africa Games in Morocco, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has vowed to produce athletes that will win medals for the country.

The president of the sport federation, Hon. Ibrahim Gusau stated this yesterday in a chat with sports with sports journalists at the ongoing All Africa Games trials at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

“We are expecting personal best and national best will be gotten in these trials. I can assure Nigerians that the federation will fill in podium finish athletes.

“We have a very tall ambition in the federation and we pray that we meet them. The sports ministry asked us how many medals we are expecting and we gave them our expectations.

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“Hopefully we will get to the benchmarks that we have set for ourselves ahead of the Games in throws, track and field events, I can assure you that we are 80 percent ready for the Games,” he said.

In the same vein, the Technical Director, AFN, Sunday Adeleye said the federation received over 1200 entries from athletes to represent Nigeria in Morocco.

“We have athletes cut across all states, clubs, institutions, schools so it’s an open trials for all Nigerians. We received a entry of more than 1200 athletes excluding the foreign based athletes.

“Athletics in Nigeria in on the rise and we have potential athletes that can give Nigeria Gold medals in Africa and the world at large.”

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