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Team Nigeria Invitees Wary Of Foreign-based Stars

Written By: SD Reporter


Home-based athletes in the camp of Team Nigeria are already apprehensive over the imminent arrivals of foreign-based stars, ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Nigeria will participate in nine sports at Gold Coast 2018, with the stars joining contingents from athletics, boxing, basketball, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling,  para-athletics, para-powerlifting and para-table tennis.

The domestic-based athletes have been camping in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt for close to two months, but many of them are now afraid that they will miss out on the various final squads for the trips Down Under.

For athletics, Yinka Ajayi, Orukpe Erayokan and Jerry Jakpa are among the star sprinters in camp in Port Harcourt.

Their spots, though, are up for grabs by the like of Blessing Okagbare, who claimed a remarkable sprint double at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Aside Okagbare, the like of Tobi Amusan, Divine Oduduru, Aniekeme Alphonsus are all expected from the United States.

For table tennis, Adeyinka Hameed, Jamiu Fagbamila and David Fayele are the male players at the camp in Lagos while Cecilia Akpan, Fatima Bello, Nimota Aregbesola and Tosin Oribamise make up the women’s list.

However, officials at Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) have promised that selection of players for the Games in Australia will strictly be based on merit.

National coach, Nasiru Bello said trials would be very competitive as players would be eager to make the team.

The 2018 Games is scheduled for April 4 to April 25 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, would feature 275 events in 18 sports with 70 countries participating

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