Igali tips male wrestlers for glory

By Daily Sports Nigeria on May 24, 2023

President, Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, says Nigerian male wrestlers will be back on the podium in years to come as the federation begins building another generation of grapplers, The PUNCH reports.

The performance of the male team has been overshadowed by the successes of the female team at continental and international levels over the years and it was repeated at the just-concluded 2023 African Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia, where Nigeria won six gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

Harrison Onovwiomogbohwo (86kg) and Ebikeme Newlife (79kg) added the bronze medals to Nigeria’s haul after the female team had won six gold and four silver medals to put Nigeria third on the championship rankings with 12 medals on the last day of the competition.

In a chat with The PUNCH, Igali expressed hope in the new set up of the male team, stressing that female wrestling had been Nigeria’s strength for a long time.

“Overtime, the results have been mixed, to say the least, but we are trying to get a new national team because the former wrestlers are all in their late 30s. On this team, we have two 19-year-olds, one 21 and another is 22, plus a veteran. So, it’s a bit of an overhaul of the team, which is going to take a bit of time. Let’s say in the next three, four years, we will have a brand new team with younger athletes who will be winning on the continent, commonwealth, world and Olympic levels.”

Nigerian wrestlers will now turn their attention to qualifying for the World Wrestling Championships, which will hold in Serbia September. The event serves as the first qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympics.



Source Punch Ng

Posted May 24, 2023


You may also like...
Ghana Complete WCQ Double Over Zimbabwe

Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1...

Ref Admits Error Over Pickford Tackle On Van...

Van Dijk Insists Dutch Deserve To Go To...

Shenzhen Open: Andy Murray through to second round...

Rangers, Enyimba, Pillars, six other clubs go Plc...


Latest News How video games give sports stars second life Plateau United storm Ibadan ahead NPFL opener Falconets progress as Mauritius withdraw from World Cup race Confed Cup: Obaseki confident of Insurance win Minister moves to protect Osimhen after Napoli row Alozie sparks lesbian rumours after ‘husband’ post Silva backs Iwobi to shine at Fulham Matthaus sings Boniface praises Bassey doubtful for Saudi friendly Why NFF yet to confirm Waldrum’s new contract NFF retains Danjuma as Falconets coach Ekiti athletes get new kits, state Assembly probes officials


Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (51,414 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (42,536 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (41,138 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (40,873 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (40,638 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (40,637 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (40,314 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (39,652 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (38,925 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (37,758 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (36,184 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (35,841 views)


Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976

Email addresses


Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media