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Olympics qualifier: NBF invites 22 boxers to camp

By Paul Erewuba

CONGO Brazzaville 2015 All African Games Gold med­alist, Edith Ogoke – Agu and her two compatriots in the Nigerian Army, Kehinde Obareh and Caroline Linus are among the 22 boxers (18 men and 4 women) that resumed camping at the General Kenneth Minimah boxing hostel, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos yesterday.
Also invited is another 2015 All African Games Gold Medalist, Efe Ajagba and Silver Medalist, Apochi Efetobor while Muyideen Oyakojo, Dauda Azeez, Soyoye Kazeem, Oladosu Rilwan, Femi Oyeleye, Abua Christian, Korede Adeniyi, Ademuyiwa Kehinde, Ayodele Mike, Danuloko Ekele, Rahmon Rasak and Kenneth Rolands, also made the list.
Secretary General of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Olusola Luke who disclosed this to Daily Sun in Lagos yesterday, also informed that two foreign based boxers, Sadiq Umar (United Kingdom) and Belgium based Ga­briel Francis who is to face Efetobor Apochi in the heavy weight category are among the boxers that resumed camp yesterday.Toyin Oladeji, Falilat Tijani and Jecinta Umu­nakwe complete the women list.
Tony Konyegwachie, Adurah Olalehin, Sabo Moham­med, Ossai Christopher and Jeremiah Okorodudu are the five coaches who will be guiding the boxers.
According to Luke, the camp trials will be conducted on Saturday where only ten boxers (7 men and 3 women) will be selected to represent Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers holding in Cameroon from March 8 – 20, 2016.
Vice President of the Nigerian Boxing Federation Ibra­him Suleman Zango said those invited to camp were care­fully selected by the technical officials based on merit, even as he expects an explosive camping exercise.