The President of Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria, Abubakar Yakubu said the federation is awaiting positive response from respective companies ahead of the African Championships.
The Africa Kickboxing Championships, organized by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation is scheduled for Yaoundé, Cameroon from March 19th to 24th, 2018.
Yakubu told aclsports.com that 26 athletes, two coaches, four referees and a physiotherapist would be invited to national camp scheduled for Calabar this week to finalise the team list.
The athletes were shortlisted based on their form and performance at the national trials held in December 2017 in Bayelsa.
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“Few weeks after I took over, we had a crucial meeting where roles and obligations were given out to each board member and it included sponsorship. The board approached individuals and corporate organisations to sponsor us to the forthcoming championships” he said.
“The athletes are in high spirit, the championships is also drawing closer. We need to bring the athletes together and put finishing touches to our preparations”.
The list of the selected athletes for camping are: Prince Epere, Olasunkami Ogundeji, Onyeka Uchejim, Erhahom Osarunwese, Chidi Orueousu, Hero Amechi, Michael Ayodele and Solomon Jegede in the low kick event.
The low kick women list has Caroline Linus, Esther Oluwatoyin, Eniola Busari, and Bright Green.
Also listed on the full contact event are, Samson Solomon, Adedokun Oluremi, Godspower Cornelius, Prince Nwoye, Awoyele Olakunle, Henry Ikenna, Efume Etu and Emmanuel Onoja.
The full contact women are Juliet Ukah and Akintayo Pamilerin, while Akeem Oyeniyi, Eweh Bernard, Abdulahi Tigger and Ochefu Godwin are in the K1 events.
He said that necessary arrangements for the national team’s participation were in progress, while the body awaits positive response from companies to resume national camp.