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2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by PureFace1(m): 8:05pm On Aug 31
A flurry of gold medals in wrestling and others from athletics, boxing and even canoeing has seen Nigeria soar to the second spot on the overall medals table at the ongoing African Games in Morocco.


Nigeria, as of Thursday night, had gathered a total of 103 medals (40 gold, 28 silver and 35 bronze medals).

South Africa, who were previously occupying the second position, have now dropped to third as the curtain is set to drop on this edition of the African Games.

Nigeria’s biggest harvest of gold medals on Thursday came from wrestling where the country won all but one of the six gold medals on offer to reaffirm her supremacy in the sport on the continent.


Reigning African Games gold medalists, Blessing Oborududu (68kg), Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Mercy Genesis (50kg) and Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), were all impressive as they retained their titles, as well as African Champion Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg), while 2018 African champion Bose Samuel (53kg) settled for silver after losing to Cameroon’s Essombe Joseph 2-4 in the final.

The five gold-medalists did not concede a point in their respective final bouts.

Unexpected feats


While the feat in wrestling was predictable and expected, Nigeria served the continent a pleasant surprise in a relatively unpopular sport in the country, Canoeing,


Nigeria on Thursday won two gold medals as Ayomide Emmanuel Bello won in the women’s 500m while she combined with Goodness Foloki to win another gold.

Another unexpected outcome happened in Rabat as a new face in Nigeria’s table tennis, Olajide Omotayo, emerged as the champion of Africa in the men’s singles event at the 2019 African Games.


Omotayo conquered three of the best players in Africa to be crowned the new champion of the continent.

From the quarterfinal stage, Omotayo worked his way to the final, beating two former champions – Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh and Nigeria’s Segun Toriola in the quarterfinal and semifinal stages.

The final produced the best of Africa with Aruna Quadri going up against Omotayo and the fans were treated to an exciting match.


Omotayo threw caution to the wind and raced to the lead with a 3-0 (13-11, 11-9, 16-14) but experienced Quadri cut the lead to 3-2 with 8-11, 13-15 wins in the fourth and fifth games.

The sixth match was a display of energy and skills and it was the younger Omotayo that scaled through with 12-10 win to claim the second gold medal for Nigeria in the table tennis event of the multi-sports fiesta.

Although the likes of Ese Brume also won gold for Nigeria in the women’s long jump and Shogbamu Bolanle in boxing, the icing on the cake was the Falconets’ gold medal in the women’s football event.


Bad for badminton

It was however not too good for Nigeria in badminton where only one gold medal was won in the four final matches the team members played on Thursday at the 12th African Games.

The only gold medal was won by Anuoluwapo Opeyori who beat Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius in the Men’s Singles.

Dorcas Adesokan lost the Women’s Singles to South Africa’s Johanita Scholtz.

While the pair of Deborah Ukeh and Dorcas Adesokan were beaten in the Women’s Doubles by Hadia Elsaid and Doha Toufic of Egypt.

Awaiting champions

Going into the last day of action before the closing ceremony, Egypt are home and dry in the first position on the overall medals table. They presently have a massive 79 gold 87 silver and 63 bronze medals.


It would also take a miracle for South Africa, who currently have eight gold medals less than Nigeria, to return to the second position as most of the games where they have medal prospects have been concluded.



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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by micfoley: 8:07pm On Aug 31
Thats great!


Just imagine what we can achieve if we actually prepare!

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by 1dawal: 8:34pm On Aug 31
Very good
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by DrNueLpureHoney(m): 8:34pm On Aug 31
Our Ladies just dey make us proud anyhow.

Kudos to them smiley

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by femtex007(m): 8:34pm On Aug 31
These people are making us proud unlike those big for nothing super eagles giving us heart attack

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by ada9ja(f): 8:34pm On Aug 31
So great



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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Lickpreeq(m): 8:34pm On Aug 31
Afonja making us proud since 1960
Hairy legs pigs stay far away grin grin

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by helinues: 8:35pm On Aug 31
Why is dstv not covering the event?

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by jagabanlewis(m): 8:36pm On Aug 31
So long we re above SA no P

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by funmijoyb(f): 8:36pm On Aug 31
Hausas and fulani men and women where at thou.


No hausa fulani be it man or woman has ever won a competition for Nigeria since 1940

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by spafu(m): 8:38pm On Aug 31
They tried.

Click on my Signature based on the one that is your heartfelt prayer.
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by topman1: 8:38pm On Aug 31
Lickpreeq:
Afonja making us proud since 1960
Hairy legs pigs stay far away grin grin

Mumu tongue

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Zeroid105: 8:38pm On Aug 31
This is wonderful. Indeed Nigeria is blessed

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by femi4: 8:39pm On Aug 31
helinues:
Why is dstv not covering the event?
they have no right

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by adisabarber(m): 8:41pm On Aug 31
Aquatic sports and gymnastics are areas we need to work on

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by winterfell007(m): 8:41pm On Aug 31
Let them go and repeat the feat on the global stage, then, I'll begin to take them seriously grin

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by naptu2: 8:42pm On Aug 31
Cool. I often see those canoeing guys preparing on Five Cowrie Creek in the mornings.
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Shezkid01(m): 8:43pm On Aug 31
Lickpreeq:
Afonja making us proud since 1960
Hairy legs pigs stay far away grin grin

Well Nigeria na the name indicated on the table
So invalid point
I be Yoruba boy but I no like this rubbish wey u post

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by winterfell007(m): 8:43pm On Aug 31
funmijoyb:
Hausas and Fulani men and women where at thou.


No Hausa Fulani be it man or woman has ever won a competition for Nigeria since 1940

They are mostly administrators. They enjoy office money like 'kilode'

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by HarryDuce(m): 8:43pm On Aug 31
We tried sha. The Egyptians meant business.

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Preca(f): 8:43pm On Aug 31
nice
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Lickpreeq(m): 8:45pm On Aug 31
Shezkid01:


Well Nigeria na the name indicated on the table
So invalid point
I be Yoruba boy but I no like this rubbish wey u post
you no be Yoruba ... You're a pig from the yeast grin cheesy. If you argue with me I will squash your balls cool.... We omoluabi we know ourselves

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Hafeexla(m): 8:45pm On Aug 31
Kudos to the athletes who keep shining and flying the colour of our great country Nigeria.

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by polite2(m): 8:45pm On Aug 31
Was hoping we will soon over take Egypt...... But seeing the gap . OMO local man can still can

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by SeanBeezy(m): 8:47pm On Aug 31
no wonder the xenophobic attacks

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by mansakhalifa(m): 8:49pm On Aug 31
Mauritius in the top ten spots Wow.
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by naijadrivablog: 8:50pm On Aug 31
Nice!
Be the best
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by skallion7(m): 8:51pm On Aug 31
That's great
Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by mansakhalifa(m): 8:51pm On Aug 31
winterfell007:
Let them go and repeat the feat on the global stage, then, I'll begin to take them seriously grin

Not when more capable athletes such as yourself are here on nairaland constituting themselves into a nuisance.

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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by Ayoswit(f): 8:51pm On Aug 31
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Re: 2019 African Games: Nigeria Now Second On Medals Table by decasey(m): 8:54pm On Aug 31
funmijoyb:
Hausas and fulani men and women where at thou.


No hausa fulani be it man or woman has ever won a competition for Nigeria since 1940
for where , u go c dem.

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