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Africa Weightlifting Championship: Nigeria Begins Quest For 2024 Olympics ticket Today In Tunisia

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Nigeria will today begin their quest for 2024 Olympic Games qualification in Weightlifting even as two Nigerian lifters, Olarinoye Adijat and Lawal Rafiatu will be on the stage today, Monday, May 15 in Tunisia.


The duo, competing in 59kg women category, will begin their competition by 12noon local time.


On Tuesday, May 16, Two Nigerian lifters will be on stage as well. Joy Eze, (71kg women) and Edidiong Umofia (73kh men) will compete. 


Nigeria’s 5th athlete, Akano Desmond (89kg men) will round off Nigeria’s participation in the championship on Wednesday, May 17.


The athletes expressed optimism and assured Nigerians of good outing. 


Speaking with Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF Media crew, Olarinoye Adijat and Edidiong Umofia said the athletes are not under pressure to perform adding that their aspiration is to begin the Olympic Games qualifiers on a high note.
“It is one of the championships we need to participate in to get our Olympic Games qualification ticket. We have done our best in camp, the president and his board supported us and we hope to begin high,” Olarinoye said. 


On his part, Edidiong Umoafia looked forward to his competition on Tuesday. 
“We are not under pressure. We are in competition spirit and we hope to start high as we begin the Olympic Games qualification journey.


“No competition or championship is an easy one. You have to be on top of your game. Prepare well and ask for God’s grace. 
“All the athletes are ready to compete.” he stated. 


Nigeria weightlifters will participate in six Championships as they seek to return Nigeria to global weightlifting map in the 2024 Olympics Games in Paris, France. 


The 2023 Africa Weightlifting Championship which commenced on May 14 will end on Friday May 19th. 

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President Federation Cup final Feat: FCT FA Chairman congratulates Naija Ratels, urges team to for Trophy

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Joel Ajayi

The Chairman of Federal Capital Territory Football Association Alhaji Adam Mouktar Mohammed has congratulated Abuja based football Club Naija Ratels for securing the final ticket for the ongoing President Federation FA Cup.

Abuja landladies, Naija Ratels will go up against former winners Rivers Angels in the grand finale of the women’s version of this year’s President Federation Cup competition at Mobolaji Stadium in Lagos.

Just on Sunday morning, Ratels defeated Remo Stars Queen 7-6 penalty shootout Victory in Enugu, after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time as Rivers Angels edging Delta Queens 2-1 in Awka.

In a congratulatory message to the Abuja based female team, FCT FA Chair, expressed satisfaction in the effort of the team that weather all the storms to secure final ticket of the most prestigious President Federation Cup.

He thereby, urged team to spare no effort to win the trophy come Saturday 29th of June at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.

According to Mouktar “I am elated to congratulate Our girls Naija Ratels football club, on their outstanding performance in the ongoing President Federation Cup for progressing to the final.

“This feat is a reflection of the attention paid to sports development over the years, that have lifted the profile of women’s football in the FCT.

“I congratulate Fct f a representative for indefatigable spirit and commitment and as a football association we pledge our support morally, financially to the team.

“We want to win the trophy , don’t relent in your effort, we want you to bring the trophy back to Abuja.” He said.
However, this year’s grand finale will see Abia Warriors take on El-Kanemi Warriors in the men’s event.

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