African Athletics Championship: Team Nigeria promises to dominate Africa again

Team Nigeria athletes

The Nigerian team leaves for Morocco Thursday .

Team Nigeria track and field team will arrive Marrakesh, Morocco, venue of the 2014 Africa Athletics Championships on Thursday.

The championships begins on August 10.

The thletes that took part in the just-concluded Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will leave from the Scottish city Thursday morning via London to arrive Marrakesh same day, while those who did not make the Commonwealth team qualified for the Africa Championships team will leave from Lagos same day.

Meanwhile, athletes that took part in the Commonwealth Games returned to the track on Monday to do some light training. They trained fully on Tuesday and are expected to do same on Wednesday.

The Glasgow training is being coordinated by the Team Technical Coordinator, Yussuf Alli.

Other coaches working with the team include Athletics Performance Director, Eric Campbell, Gabriel Okon, Saheed Akinpelu, Daniel Etsebiminor, Maurice Green, Gad Onumeagbu, and Gabriel Opuana.

Alli revealed that the athletes are in high spirit and assures that they will successfully defend the title they won in Port Nouvo, Benin Republic two years ago,

“After what happened at the Commonwealth Games, all the countries participating in the African Championships will want to beat Nigeria, but we shall defend our title successfully. I am confident that we shall dominate the four relays, the sprint events, hurdles, jumps and win enough gold medal to be adjudged the best in Africa,” Coach Alli said.

Also, the golden woman of track and field, Blessing Okagbare, on Tuesday thanked Nigerians for their support and prayer.

Okagbare said although the Commonwealth Games is now over, “it proved to be one of my best international showing ever.

“I came away with a double Gold and Silver medals. There are many more international competitions ahead for me in my career and so as you come along this journey with me I want to thank you all once again from the bottom of my heart for being there and the great support you have all shown to me during the Games.

“You have all been awesome.God bless all of you and please keep me in your prayers as I continue on with my career,” Okagbare said.


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