Top officers of the Nigerian Army are taking stock of the outgoing year, and counting blessings of their strides in the sports sector, with new marks set in table tennis, taekwondo, boxing and athletics.
This is the verdict of head of the Directorate of Physical Training for Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Ola Olatoye, who praised Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai for their success.
Olatoye also disclosed after David Faleye of Nigeria Army won the 2018 Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championship’s men’s title in Lagos that the chief of staff purchased sports equipment for various sports in Zaria, Kaduna.
He added that the Nigerian army intends producing more talented and dedicated athletes that will represent the country in various sport events.
Olatoye enthused: “The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai is the brain behind the success of the Nigeria Army in the sports sector.
“We just won the 2018 Asoju Oba Men’s single in Lagos and few months ago the Nigeria Army won gold at the Korea Ambassador Open in Abuja.
“The Army has its officers in the Boxing and wrestling teams winning medals for Nigeria at various African Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
“The aim of the Chief of Staff is for the Army to have its officers in all the sporting federation.
“The Army was at an international military cross country championships last week and placed 3rd.
“All hands are on deck to ensure the Nigerian Army occupies the front seat in Nigerian Sports.”