*Three top athletes arrive today
Wrestlers from nine different countries including Egypt and South Africa have arrived Nigeria for this week’s Africa Wrestling Championships. Three other top athletes will be arriving today.
The Technical Director of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Damian Ohaike, confirmed the arrival of the nine countries for the five day event scheduled to hold from 7th to 11th February in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the countries that has arrived Nigeria are: Egypt, Algeria, Morocco Tunisia, Liberia, Namibia, South Africa, Burundi and Kenya.
Damian also said the President United World Wrestling (UWW) Africa, Fouad Meskout inspected the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre – venue of the 2018 Africa Wrestling Championships.
“Everything is going as expected and the opening ceremony of the championships is scheduled for today (Wednesday).
Meanwhile, South Africa’s coach, Gussie Bartlett, said the team is settling down and will commence light training on Tuesday night at the wrestling arena.
The troika of Tunisia’s Marwa Amri, Egypt’s Samr Amer Hamza and Cameroon’s Annabel Laure Ali are expected to land in Nigeria for the African Wrestling Championships today.
Amri and Hamza both participated at the Pro Wrestling League season three in India in January 2018.
The Cadet and Junior teams of the Egyptian, Cameroonian and Tunisian teams landed in Nigeria without their senior teams.
Amri, an Olympic Bronze medalist is sure to face stiff opposition from Nigeria’s Bisola Makanjuola in the 59kg weight category who she defeated by Technical Superiority 12-0 at the 2017 Africa Wrestling Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.
Elsewhere, Olympian Samr Hamza in a chat with aclsports.com confirmed that she’ll be in Nigeria on Wednesday.
She said, “I’m not in Nigeria at the moment with the other teams but I’ll be in the country today (Wednesday)”.
Meanwhile, Annabel Laure Ali who stopped Nigeria’s Blessing Onyebuchi from attending the Olympics last two years (through defeat) is leading new crops of senior women wrestlers to the country.
The Africa Wrestling Championships begins today (Wednesday) with the Cadet Greco-Roman event.