90 Nigerian wrestlers for African championship in Port Harcourt

Nigeria is presenting the largest contingent to the African Wrestling Championship holding in Port Harcourt from February 5 at the Alfred Diete-Spiff Centre. The Nigerian contingent will be the largest ever in the history of the African Championship.

The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, gave this detail at a one-day seminar held on the new rules of wrestling for the media in Port Harcourt on Monday.

He confirmed that about 180 wrestlers were in camp in various centre jostling for the 90 available slots. The camps are located in Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo states. Nigeria is billed to feature in the cadet, junior and senior categories for men and women.

The Rivers Sports Commissioner and Local Organising Committee Chairman for the event, Boma Iyaye, assured Nigerians and the world at large that the state would deliver a world-class championship. When Extrasportsnigeria.com visited the Diete-Spiff Centre on Monday, finishing touches were being put on the facilities.

About 25-35 African countries are expected at the championship that will be held at the ultra-Modern Alfred Diette-Spiff Civic Centre in the Garden City.

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) President, Honour Sirawoo, tasked colleagues to justify the huge confidence reposed in them by the state Governor Nyesom Wike and the people of the state by making the championship the envy of others in terms of coverage.