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2018 African Wrestling Championships Nigeria picks strong 90-man team

By Solomon Nwoke

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has named a strong 90-man team to represent the country at the upcoming African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt from 7-11 February, 2018.

The list is made up of 30 Cadet (15-17yrs), 30 Junior (18-20yrs) and 30 Senior


World silver-medalist and 2014 Commonwealth Champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye tops the list which also has 7-time African Champion, Blessing Oborodudu, who will be seeking her 8th continental title in Port Harcourt.

Commonwealth Champions Aminat Adeniyi and Ifeoma Nwoye and 5-time African Champion, Amas Daniel are all part of the team, as well as All Africa Games gold medallist, Mercy Genesis, a two-time African Champion.

Veteran Sinivie Boltic, a 2010 Commonwealth gold-medallist and 3-time African Champion, is also part of the Team Nigeria contingent to the Championship, which will be hosted by Nigeria for the first time next month.

Richard Seitoakumo (57kg) and Mercy Adekuoroye (53kg), younger sister of wrestling sensation, Odunayo, are also part of the team and are expected to shine in the Junior and Cadet categories respectively.

It is the first time a country is fielding 90 athletes in the African Wrestling Championships.


Freestyle (Senior Female)

1. Mercy Genesis (50kg)
2. Bose Samuel (53kg)
3. Ifeoma Nwoye (55kg)
4 Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg)
5. Bisola Makanjuola (59kg)
6. Aminat Adeniyi (62kg)
7. Hannah Reuben (65kg)
8. Blessing Oborodudu (68kg)
9. Winnie Gofit (72kg)
10. Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg)

Freestyle (Senior Male)

1. Welson Ebikewenimo (57kg)
2. Victor Firstman (61kg)
3. Amas Daniel (65kg)
4. John Ogbonnaya (70kg)
5. Amos Assizecourt (74kg)
6. Ekerekeme Agiomor (79kg)
7. Melvin Bibo (86kg)
8. Robert Daufa (92kg)
9. Soso Tamarau (97kg)
10. Sinivie Boltic (125kg)

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