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Ghana 2023: Sports Minister charges Team Nigeria to go for gold

Posted : 08 February 2024

Team Nigeria's contingent to the 2024 African Games will open camp on February 15, 2024, in five states across the federation as preparation enters the second phase for the Games scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana, from March 8 to 23, 2023.

Nigeria's participation will cover 25 sports, with eight serving as Olympic qualifiers, including athletics, badminton, cycling, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, and wrestling.

Additionally, the country will compete in 15 non-Olympic qualifying sports such as arm wrestling, basketball (3x3), beach volleyball, boxing, chess, cricket, football, and handball. Furthermore, two sports, mixed martial arts, and scrabble, will be demonstrated by Nigerian athletes.

Senator Enoh urged federation presidents to strive for superior performance compared to the previous African Games held in Morocco.

"I urge you all to give your utmost effort and guide your federations towards achieving exceptional results in Ghana. We bear the responsibility of upholding our nation's flag and bringing pride to our people."

The camping sites have been designated in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Gombe, and Bayelsa. Abuja will accommodate athletes participating in athletics, arm wrestling, badminton, basketball, football, hockey, rugby, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting, and volleyball.

Lagos will serve as the campsite for beach volleyball, cricket, handball, table tennis, mixed martial arts, and triathlon.

Ibadan will host boxing, chess, scrabble, judo, and karate. Bayelsa will cater to the wrestling team, while Gombe will provide facilities for the cycling team.

Nigeria remains the second most successful nation in the history of the Games, with a total of 1,326 medals won across 12 editions held every four years.


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