By JUDE AGBEYEKE.
Forty Athletes have been Selected to fly Nigeria’s flag at the forthcoming African Under 18/20 Junior Championship in Ndola, Zambia later this month.
The Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Mr Samuel Onikeku revealed this to joutnalists after a one day National Trials which held at the Steven Keshi International Stadium, Asaba.
Mr Onikeku said the Athletes selected for both the Under 18 and Under 20 were the best in their categories saying they would go into closed camping to fine tune the athletes preparations for the African Junior Championship.
According to the AFN Technical Director, the athletes would go through different programmes especially baton exchange and conditioning to put them in top shape for the continental Fiesta.
Mr Onikeku also revealed that the decision to bring Team Nigeria training Camp to Asaba was to enable them get used to the modern facilities at the Steven Keshi Stadium in a bid to enhance their performance as well get them used to the type of facilities that they might meet in Ndola.
He said the tracks at the Steven Keshi International Stadium was the same with what was used at he Commonwealth Games asserting that the athletes would not give excuses as they are currently training with the best facilities in the country.
Meanwhile Team Nigeria contingent are expected to depart the country for Zambia before the twenty ninth when the Championship is billed to commence.