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Nigeria targets four medals at fencing championship



The Nigeria Fencing Federation has hinted the country will be aiming for four medals at the forthcoming Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championship billed to take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos from March 1 to 5.
The NFF President, Adeyinka Samuel, at a media briefing on Wednesday, said the country would also be fielding a 12-man team for the championship, which would attract no fewer than 20 countries. Five of the nation’s representatives are billed to arrive in batches on Friday.
Samuel, who is also the Secretary General of the African Fencing Federation, stated that Nigeria was very proud to be hosting the event stressing it’s a major achievement to beat top fencing country like Algeria and Tunisia to the hosting rights.
“We are targeting four medals and from the perspective that we are an up and coming country in fencing, it will be remarkable if we meet the target,” Samuel, who was once ranked in top 100 fencers in the world, said.
Nigeria Olympic Committee secretary, Tunde Popoola, commended the federation stressing the NOC is delighted to note that the NFF has a very good relationship with the international body FIE.

He said the winning of the hosting right was a pointer to the fact that the federation had been working assiduously to develop the sport in Nigeria and pledged the NOC support to make the African championship a resounding success.

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