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Two Nigerian Coaches Bag Fencing Masters Certificates

In what apparently indicates Nigeria’s commitment to reach its full potential in fencing, two of the country’s coaches at the weekend became certified fencing masters.

The two coaches, Oladipo Gabriel and Happiness Iroenyenwa, attended a year-long coaching course in South Africa.

The development is coming on the heels of IOC President Thomas Bach’s declaration that Nigeria can be a leading force in the sport after the German, who is a former Olympic fencing gold medalist, featured in a fencing display in Abuja, during his two-day visit where he commissioned the Headquarters of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) in the Nigerian capital last Thursday.

“Additional Fencing Masters are exactly what the federation needs to develop our fencers on the Olympic pathway. They will also play crucial roles in putting together a long-term development plan for our beginner fencers in all three weapons (Foil, Epee and Sabre), Nigerian fencing boss, Adeyinka Samuel, said.

Oladipo Gabriel recieving his fencing masters certificates from FIE officials in Johannesburg at the weekend

According to Samuel, who was a former top 100 ranked fencer in the world, the two coaches, in addition, graduated with a diploma in Sports Science from Eta College, Johannesburg as the course runs which concurrently with the fencing programs for a year was sponsored by FIE, the global governing body of fencing.

“The words of encouragement from the IOC President has really motivated us and we will strive harder to make sure that we reach our full potential in fencing,” Samuel said as he appealed to corporate bodies and well meaning individuals to support the various developmental programmes of the federation.

Bach: Nigeria Can Excel in Fencing

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach, has called on Nigeria to embrace fencing saying the country can excel in the sport if it gets adequate support.

Bach, who featured in a fencing display at Aduvie International School, Jabi District, Abuja on Thursday said the nation has the wherewithal to be a force in the sport.

International Olympic Committee, IOC, Thomas Bach, Mariah Oguneye,
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach vs Mariah Oguneye

The display which lasted for roughly three minutes saw the former Olympic champion take on a young Nigerian fencer Mariah Oguneye in a foil encounter as part of his itinerary for his visit to Nigeria of which highpoint was the commissioning of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Headquarters in the Nigerian capital.

“He commended Nigeria for showing commitment to the sport noting that the country’s hosting of the African Championship should serve as a foundation for the growth of the sport in the country,” Nigerian fencing boss Adeyinka Samuel said.

International Olympic Committee, IOC, Thomas Bach, Mariah Oguneye,
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach vs Mariah Oguneye

Oguneye was so elated about the privilege saying she dreamt to fence for Nigeria at the Olympics in the near future. “This is a rare privilege for me to have a friendly contest with the IOC President. I am determined to use this opportunity to pursue my dream of fencing for Nigeria at the Olympics,” she said.

Nigeria Fencing Federation Holds Developmental Programme In Lagos Schools

As part of efforts geared towards developing and popularising fencing in the country, the Nigeria Fencing Federation would be embarking on a two-day Grassroots Development Programme from October 29 to 30 in three Local Government Areas in Lagos.

Zaafir Olagunju of Nigeria (right) tussles with Ibrahim Ramadan of Egypt at the Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships in Lagos.
Photo credit. Najeem Raheem

According to NFF president, Yinka Samuel, over 500 kids as well as about 10 Physical and Health Education teachers would be initiated to the sport in Eti Osa, Apapa and Ajegulne Local government Areas of Lagos.

Samuel, who is also the director of the programme, disclosed that Nigeria has gained immensely from its hosting of the African Fencing Championship in Lagos in 2018 as the sports has been constantly expanding to various states and geographical zones across the country.

The exercise would commence on Tuesday at St. George Primary School Falomo, Ikoyi with the training of PE teaches which would be followed by introduction of fencing to the pupils while the day’s activity would be drawn to a close with a single bout session.

The train would them move to United Christian School, Apapa on Wednesday with the session starting with teachers getting introduced to the sport and it would be followed by pupils’ introduction to the fencing and the school’s programme would be ended by single bout session.

The Kings Primary School, Ajegunle would be the last port of call for the programme which would see the training of PE teachers followed by introduction of pupils and thereafter single bout session to serve as practicals for the pupils.

Lagos 2018 African Fencing Championship: Nigeria Wins 2nd Bronze

Host Nigeria won bronze to claim its second medal at the 2018 Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship which ended Monday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Nigeria got its first medal at the championship featuring 13 countries through Tosan Egbesemirone in the mens’ individual epee and the country ensured another podium finish on the last day of the tournament through the female sabre team of Somina Daminabo, Mariam Abdulazeez and Titilayo Vera Cruz.

Although they lost 45-18 points to Togo, who were represented by Francoise Koutogho, Preinam Anadi and Grace Sonyo, it was enough for the home girls to claim the bronze.

“I’m very happy to be a medalist in my first major international tournament. We started very slow and by the time we picked up, the points gap was too wide. We look forward to dooing better next time,” team captain Daminabo said.

The Egyptian men’s team defeated South Africa in the foil 45-26 while the women’s team also defeated South Africa in the epee.

The El Sayed brothers Mohamed and Ahmed made a telling contributions to the match which saw South Africa established a lead at a point before the turn around by the North Africans.

Egypt emerged champions with 11 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals. Algeria placed second with 2 gold and 1 silver and South Africa was third with 1 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze.

Zaafir Olagunju of Nigeria (right) tussles with Ibrahim Ramadan of Egypt at the ongoing Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships in Lagos.
Photo credit. Najeem Raheem

Nigeria finished in seventh place with 2 bronze medals.

Benin, Côte d ‘Ivoire, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia and Nigeria featured in the point-earning tournament for the World Championship slated for April 1st to 4th in Verona, Italy.

Lagos 2018 Fencing Championship: Nigeria Wins Bronze To Appear On Medals’ Table

Nigeria finally got her name on the medals’ table at the 8th Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship holding at the Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos with Tosan Egbesemirone bagging bronze in the Boys’ Individual Foil.

The 16-year-old Egbesemirone was at a point leading 5-0 against his Egyptian opponent in the cadet category but lost the semifinal match 15-8.

His aim for another medal was dashed on Sunday as he lost 15-7 in the junior category to second seed, Mohamed Hamza of Egypt in the second round having already beaten Jacob Agboke of Cote d’Ivoire in the first round.

“I feel so good becuase I set a target to win a medal which I achieved although the least should have been silver because I was in control until things turned around in his favour,” said the US-based fencer. His compatriot, Casper Soyoye was also eliminated in the first round by South Africa’s Luca Valetti on Sunday.

Nigeria is expecting more medals on the final day (Monday) with four of her fencers namely Somina Daminabo, Mariam Abdulazeez, Titilayo Vera Cruz and Mofeoluwa Dosumu, listed for action in the female sabre.

Zaafir Olagunju of Nigeria (right) tussles with Ibrahim Ramadan of Egypt at the ongoing Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships in Lagos.
Photo credit. Najeem Raheem

Egypt are leading after day three of the championship which features 13 countries.

The North Africans have won 6 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals while Algeria are second with 1-6-6 and South Africa occupy third on 1-1-2.

Tunisia placed fourth with 1-0-0 while hosts Nigeria are tied on fifth position alongside Togo, Cote d’ Ivoire and Mali all on 0-0-1 record.

Lagos 2018 African Fencing C’ships: Egypt Tops Medals Table

Egyptians at the Lagos 2018 African Fencing Championships put up a brilliant display to pull clear on the medal’s table today at the 8th Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

The Egyptians, are one of the African continent’s powerhouses in the sports, they won gold in the Men’s Cadet Sabre and also won gold in the female foil. The North Africans also took gold in the Cadet Epee.

While the likes of Yahia Mady, Abdelhiman Oussama and Loay Sameh are expected to lead their quest for podium finishes in the Men’s Individual Foil, Yasmin Ali has a daunting task as she competes in the Women Individual Sabre with the Algerian trio of Chaima Benadouda, Naila Benchekor and Kaouthe

South Africa and Algeria are giving a good chase to the Egyptians as they also have fencers that are already in the medals’ zone.

Nigerian fencers are having it difficult to keep pace with established countries as the likes of Egbesomirone Oritematosan, Ekike Owodiong Casper Shoyoye and Olalekan Vera Cruz were eliminated in the early stages in the Men’s Individual Foil.

Also, Semina Deminabo had too much asked of her by crashing out competing alongside fencers from Egypt, South Africa and Algeria in the Women Individual Epee and it was the same fate for Maryam Abdulazeez in Pool 1 of the Women’s Individual foil as she failed to advance to the final stage.

Meanwhile the African Fencing Confederation president Ndaiye Mbagnick has described as historic Nigeria’s hosting of the championship.

“This is an exciting period for the African Fencing Confederation, as more emerging African countries are taking bolder steps to host FIE International Standard Competitions,” Mbagnick said.

“To the Nigerian Fencing Federation, this is a historic event for your federation and your country Nigeria, as it will be the first FIE International Tournament you will be hosting.

Zaafir Olagunju of Nigeria (right) tussles with Ibrahim Ramadan of Egypt at the ongoing Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships in Lagos.
Photo credit. Najeem Raheem

“I want to commend and thank the President of Nigerian Fencing Mr Adeyinka Samuel and your entire team for all the effort you have put in thus far.”

He added that the Junior / Cadet African Fencing Championships is a significant tournament and professes that future World Class Fencers that will emerge from the African continent.

Nigeria To Host African Fencing Championships

The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has awarded Nigeria the hosting rights for the 2018 Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships.

The event which will take place from February 26 to March 5 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos has been endorsed by Lagos State, with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode schedule to attend the ceremony along the FIE President, Alisher Usmanov, who is Russia’s richest man and a major shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.

According to the President of the Nigeria Fencing Federation, Adeyinka Samuel, this is the first time Nigeria will be hosting any international event in the sport as the country beats the challenges of Tunisia and Algeria who also bid to host the championships.

The J/C AFC is an internationally recognized and FIE-approved tournament that provides a platform for fencers across Africa’s 31 registered nations to compete for world ranking points leading to the 2018 World Championships in Verona, Italy and the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Other international dignitaries are also expected at the championship which is expected to attract over 150 fencers from about 25 African countries.

Samuel, a former top 100-ranked fencer, lauded Governor Ambode the support to host the event pointing that it would boost tourism and other businesses in the state.

“As Nigeria opens its doors for this epic event which invariably opens vistas of opportunities to the tourism industry, we urge the citizens to take advantage of the corporate, social and economic outcome of this tournament,” he said.