Nigeria finished fifth place at the just concluded African Youth Games in Algiers with a medal haul of 103.
Team Nigeria took part in 17 out of the 30 various sports event, namely; Football, Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, Handball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Badminton, Rowing, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Shooting, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Canoeing, Hockey, Cycling and Athletics.
Nigeria claimed a total of 103 medals: 29 gold, 32 silver and 42 bronze medals – while table leaders Egypt finished with 199 medals bagging 101 gold, 55 silver and 43 bronze medals.
Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco came behind Egypt respectively with 226 medals (71 gold, 72 silver & 83 bronze), 136 medals (36 gold, 46 silver & 54 bronze) and 106 medals (29 gold, 37 silver & 40 bronze) at the end of the 2018 African Youth Games in Algiers.
The weightlifting event proved to be the most prolific for Team Nigeria as the weightlifters garnered 12 gold, five silver and a bronze medal – making a haul of 18 medals in the sport. The wrestling event also yielded 18 medals – three gold, ten silver and five bronze medals.
Impressively, Nigeria earned five gold medals in the Track and Field events where Rosemary Chukwuma claimed two gold medals all on her own in the women’s 100m and 200m race. Nigeria also got three silver and five bronze medals in the event.
In the boxing event, Joy Ojo (48kg) and Adijat Gbadamosi (52kg), who competed in the female’s fly weight category, were the only boxers that won gold for Nigeria at the games. Notably, other boxers accounted for two silver and two bronze medals in the event.
Worthy of note is the Badminton event which Nigeria won two gold, two sliver and bronze medals.
In Football, the Under 15 national team dubbed the Future Eagles went all the way to claim silver medal, suffering a 3-1 to Morocco in the final.
In the men’s Handball event, Team Nigeria won bronze after beating Morocco by 24-17 points in the third-place match.
In Table Tennis, the duo of Esther Oribamise and Azeez Solanke won silver in the mixed doubles event after losing Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Marwa Alhodaby.
Oribamise went on to claim bronze in the women’s singles. She will thus represent Nigeria at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires later in the year.
Nigeria’s male volleyball team punched their ticket to the 2019 FIVB U-19 World Boys’ Championship in Iran after defeating Egypt 3-2 to claim gold medal in the event at the Games.