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AfricanGames2023: Sports Minister Urges Team Nigeria to Light Up Tracks, As Athletics Begins Monday

March, 17 2024.

As the 2023 African Games enters a new week, anticipation is high for a thrilling display of athleticism, particularly in the track and field events. With a formidable contingent of 54 athletes, Nigeria is poised to make a significant impact in the event taking place in Accra.

Leading the charge for Nigeria is none other than Tobiloba Amusan, the world record holder in the 100m hurdles event. Amusan's unrivaled dominance on the continent is set to be extended as she seeks to further solidify her legacy in African athletics.

Ese Brume, another standout athlete, will be aiming to reclaim her title as the ruler of African long jump. Joining them are other esteemed athletes including Ruth Usoro and Favour Ofili, forming a formidable lineup that promises to dazzle spectators and rivals alike. Other equally highly talented athletes also make up the Nigerian list.

On the men's side, Enoch Adegoke, Seye Ogunlewe, Alaba Akintola, Ezekiel Nathaniel, Samson Nathaniel, and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi are among the top contenders ready to showcase their prowess on the track and field.

Adding to the excitement, the Minister for Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, is in Ghana to support and cheer on the Nigerian contingent. Senator Enoh expressed his confidence in the team's ability to make Nigeria proud, urging them to maintain their pursuit of excellence and dominance, particularly over rivals like Egypt.

"I am charging the entire contingent to keep the chase on Egypt, and steer clear of the others behind them," Senator Enoh stated. "I am sure in athletics, our athletes will bring their A-game and show their dominance."

In addition to supporting the athletics team, Senator Enoh is present in Ghana to support and cheer other athletes competing in other events. His support underscores the nation's commitment to sports development and excellence on the continental stage.

Nigeria is currently behind Egypt on the medals table. Hopes for more medals are on the horizon as the Games hit another height this week.

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