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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.

Nigerian Teenagers Set For World Fencing Championship

Two teenagers, Tammy Ayamasore and Ebuka Ibe will be flying Nigeria’s flag as they vie for honours at the 2017 Cadet/Junior World Fencing Championship holding from 1st – 10th April in Plovdov, Bulgaria.

Both fencers took part at the 2017 Cadet/Junior African Junior Championship held in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire early this month and are among the over 200 fencers from over 60 countries that will be featuring at the event organised by the FIE, the world governing body for fencing.

At the African championships, Ayamasore, 14, lived up to his pedigree as one of Nigeria’s best prospects in the sport reaching the quarterfinals where he lost to the top seed and Egyptian world number two, Mohammed Hamza, who eventually won the Junior category. 15-year-old Ibe had a decent outing as well.

Nigeria Fencing Federation president, Adeyinka Samuel says the federation is optimistic of the fencers posting a good outing.

He said, “We know they will do well not because they will win medals which looks unrealistic given the fact that they are not exposed and experienced. However, going by the steady progress they have been making since they came into the sport less than a year ago we are sure this will be a significant step to what should be a great career in fencing for the boys.

Nigerian fencers in training at the weekend in Lagos.

“I was once among the top 100 fencers in the world despite the fact that I started fencing very late which means the boys have better chances than me to be among the best in the world because they are getting exposure at early ages,”

Meanwhile, two more Nigerians have bagged the FIE National Level 1 coaches certificates bringing the number of FIE-certified coaches in the country to eight. The two coaches namely Isaac Jairus and Ignatius Mbim completed the four-week course at the weekend in Lagos with Haastrup Williams, a fencing master, conducting the programme.