Team Nigeria’s judo contingent arrived Algiers on Wednesday for the 2018 African Youth Games, which serves as the qualifiers for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games coming up later in the year in Argentina.
Nigeria will be competing in the judo event in Algiers with eight judokas: four male and four female athletes, the Nigeria Judo Federation said in a statement.
The male judokas are Abdullani Ramon (-55kg), Edwin Patrick (-66kg), Samson Adekunle (-81kg) and Madu Daniel (-100kg) while Bose Folorunsho (44kg), Ogechi Udeze (-52kg), Adija Azeez (-63kg) and Grace Haruna (-78kg) will compete in the female events.
Catherine Ekuta and Toyin Ojoaree are the coaches with Abimbola Adesinya the team secretary.
NJF president, Timothy Nsirim, urged the judokas to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and compete fairly in their bid to bring honour to their fatherland.
“I want to congratulate you for the opportunity the federation and by extension the government of Nigeria has given you to represent the country at the AYG. As you compete in the games, represent well and run away from anything that can tarnish the image of our country. Also, remember that your efforts will put your names on the world map,” Nsirim said.
Madu Daniel, speaking on behalf of the team expressed his happiness for being part of Team Nigeria’s judo squad and promised a good outing at the event.