President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali is targeting another good outing for Nigerian wrestlers and called for early preparation ahead of the 12th All-Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco.
The event which is expected to hold from 19th to 31st August this year will see the continent fighting for sporting honours.
Nigerian wrestlers will return to the shore of North Africa with the victory of 2019 Africa Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia, where they won a total of 13 medals including 6 gold, 2 silver, and 5 bronze medals still fresh in their memory.
However, Igali said Nigeria is capable of winning 10 gold medals in the event at the Games given early camping for the athletes.
“We must start preparing right away,”
“From what I did see at the African Championships, the females have the capacity to win between 7 and 8 gold medals. If we prepare from now.
“I can almost guarantee that we will win about 7 and 8 gold medals with the women alone.”
“I also see the possibility of winning about 4 gold medals in the men, that takes us to over 10 gold medals which are about our target for this Games.
“So, that gives me a lot of course for optimism. I’m very optimistic that if we prepare well, and that is depending on our preparations, if we start our preparation now, because we are about three solid months away from the Games, if we start our preparation in terms of the physical training now, and then we go to the specifics in June, and tipped off in July, then, by August I think we will be fine to go and do the country proud.”
Nigeria won the wrestling event at the last All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo four years ago winning 19 medals comprising 9 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze.
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