Nigeria’s leading female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye has given thanks to gold and officials of the country’s national body for her successful outing at the recent Afirca championship in Tunisia.
Adekuoropye said during Mega Sports programme on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that she was happy to be successful in another outing, as she retained her long-held tilte African title.
The 25-year-old soft-spoken grappler emerged best at the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia, after retaining the gold medal she won at the previous edition in Port Harcourt.
Adekuoroye’s award crowned a great day for Nigeria, as the country emerged overall winners of the women’s categories, with five gold, two silver and two bronze medals, from 10 classes.
The 2017 world silver medalist and back-to-back Commonwealth Games champion beat Esoombe Tiako of Cameroon in just 29 seconds during the 57kg final, to achieve her 5th African title.
Before then, Adekuoroye defeated Jeannette Sambou of Senegal 4-0 via pinfall, then decisioned Chaimaa Aouissi of Algeria 12-0 to move into the semi final, where she silenced home girl, Dorssaf Gharssi 10-0.
Blessing Oborududu also got a ninth straight African title in the 68kg class by edging Anta Sabou of Senegal 10-0 superiority, during which she did not concede a single point in three bouts en route to gold.
Nigeria won the female sector with 195 points, with Tunisia second on 177 points and Egypt third with 160 points, making it the third year in a row they would pull off that feat, having also achieved same as hosts last year in Port Harcourt.
Adekuoroye said: “I am happy for the success I and the team had in Tunisia. I am thankful to our president for helping us make the trip.
“We thank God for his mercies and strenght over us. Now we are thinking of starting preparations for the next international event.”