Nigerian Wrestlers Sweep More Gold At African Championships


The day-2 of the African Senior Wrestling Championships In Egypt got on a better note for Nigerian Wrestlers to add to the gold medal sweep in Day 1.

Recall in Day-1 of the tournament Nigeria’s female wrestlers clinched four gold medals as the likes of Blessing Oborududu,  Odunayo Adekuoroye led the gold acquisition.

African Games’ three -time champion, Mercy Genesis, started the day two of Championships for team Nigeria with a dominant display over Ntsa Assouga of Cameroon in the 50kg to retain her African Championships title.

Adijat Idris 53kg continued the winning pathway by defeating Aya Eid Gomaa Soliman  Egypt to secure the gold medal.

Also, Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye outclassed Hana Ali Hamada Mohamed Hussein of Egypt in the 59kg to add to the gold for Team Nigeria.

Ebipatei Mughenbofa beat Egyptian Mouda Badawi Hamed in the 65kg final to win gold while Ebi Biogos 72kg outshined Aya Ichaoui of Tunisia to emerge champion.

In a repeat of the African Games final in the 125kg men’s freestyle, Nigerian Ashton Mutuwa lost to Youssif Ibrahim Hemida of Egypt in the final yet again to clinch a silver medal in what was his first African Championships for Nigeria.

Harrison Onovwiomobohwo and Stephen Simon Izolo settled for bronze in the 86kg and 65kg respectively.

The Nigerian wrestling contingents will now turn their attention to Olympic qualifiers in two days’ time as they will be hoping to secure multiple slots in Paris 2024 Games.

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