The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) disclosed a redoubtable team of athletes and officials that will be representing the country at the 12th African Games in Morocco.
The team consisting of 16 athletes, 3 officials and, 5 coaches, was revealed during a shrill ceremony where the wrestlers have been training ahead of the games for the past one month in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
To start off with, The Nigeria Wrestling Federation planned to present 26 athletes at the multi-sport tournament in Morocco, but the decision of the hosts to adopt the Olympic weight classes due to short-handed funding meant Nigeria will be fielding only 16 wrestlers.
The current reigning commonwealth champions Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Blessing Oborodudu (68kg) and Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) topped the list in women wrestling, which also include African Champions Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg), Mercy Genesis (50kg) and Bose Samuel (53kg).
Subsequently, the 5-time African champion and captain of the team Amas Daniel (65kg) was joined by veteran and greatly embellished Sinivie Boltic (125kg), African champions Soso Tamrau (97kg), Melvin Bibo (86kg), Welson Ebikwenimo (57kg), as well as the very prolific Ogbonna John, a 3-time African champion himself.
Emmanuel Nworie, the two-time African champion (77kg) sky rocketed on the list of Greco Roman wrestlers, which also has two bronze medalists on the continent; Ikechukwu Robinson (60kg) and Tochukwu Okeke (87kg), as well as debutant Alfred Pakistan (67kg).
A total of 19 medals (9 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze) were won at the 2015 Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The athletes and officials are expected to depart Nigeria for Morocco on Wednesday, 21st August.