The Nigeria Wrestling Federation has named 10 wrestlers that will represent the nation at the Africa/Oceanic Olympics qualifier slated for April 1 to 4, 2016 in Algeria.
The wrestlers would be aiming to earn a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The team to the Olympics qualifier comprises five female wrestlers, four male freestylers and one Greco Roman wrestler.
The list of female wrestlers are; Genesis Mercy (48Kg), 3 times Africa Champion, Aminat Adeniyi (58Kg), 7- times Africa Champion and Captain, Blessing Oborududu (63Kg), Hannah Reuben (68Kg) and Blessing Onyebuchi (75Kg).
The male freestyle wrestlers are; Welson Ebikewenimo (57Kg) , Daniel Amas (65Kg), Melvin Bibo (74Kg) and Soso Tamara (97Kg) while in Greco Roman, Nworie Emmanuel (66Kg) will seek to redeem his image after a disastrous outing at the Africa Championship.
Odunayo Adekuoroye, who has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after winning a bronze at the 2015 World Wrestling Championship held in Las Vegas, USA will accompany the team to cheer them to victory.
Nigeria’s Under-23 national team have beaten their Congolese counterparts 2-1 in an African Under-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifying match played in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Junior Ajayi scored both goals early in the second half – the first a tap-in after Goalkeeper Christopher could not get a good grip of the ball off a pull-out in the 48th minute.
The second goal was a well orchestrated team goal that Ajayi finished with a brilliant header from a Daniel Etor cross six minutes later.
After the 2-goal lead, Samson Siasia’s boys were adjudged to have relaxed and allowed the Congolese back into the game.
The Devils created chances and from one of such, Nkoukou Miose slammed in off a rebound from goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel in the 66th minute.
Coach Siasia had, during a telephone interview on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight, hoped for victory with a large margin against the boys from Congo but they now take a slim advantage into the second leg in Congo.
Siasia’s boys won their two away matches in the qualifying race for the All-Africa Games – for which they have qualified.
They pounded Gabon 4-1 in Libreville and defeated Zambia 2-0 in Lusaka and it is expected that they would remain confident going to Pointe Noire on August 2.