By Ben Efe
Nigerian junior athletes have arrived Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Junior Championships, with the hope of wining medals in their respective events in the face of expected challenges from the host country Ethiopia, South Africa and Kenya.
Nigeria won the 11th edition in Mauritius by a slim margin, but as athletes from 41 African countries gather in Addis Ababa for the competition which began yesterday, there is a genuine anxiety by Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials, if that position could still be maintained.
“Other countries are fast catching up with us. This is why we have included some of our tested juniors like Ese Brume, Amusan Oluwatobiloba, Divine Oduduru and Akerele Omezie, who are still within the age category.
“We want to win in Ethiopia,” said a technical committee official before the team left on Tuesday.
Back home, the first AFN All-Comers meet will take place at the National Stadium Abuja on March 14. This arrangement canceled out the earlier advertised Over-Distance competition in Sapele.
According to AFN technical director Omatseye Nesiama, the competition would serve as a basis to assess the athletes form in view of the World Relays for May and other up-coming International Athletics events for 2015.
The team left on Tuesday, with the Sports Ministry unable to provide financial backing for the delegation.