Nigeria traditional (Kokowa) wrestlers at the 7th ECOWAS wrestling championship in Dakar Senegal won 2 Silver and 3 Bronze in the individual events, and also won a bronze medal in the team event.
Arasafa Zeinweritein (66Kg) and Jordan Job (76Kg) both won Silver while Lucky Oppiah (86Kg), All Africa Games Gold medalist Soso Tamara (100Kg) and silver medalist Sinivie Boltic won Bronze respectively.
Commending the Kokowa wrestlers for their effort at the ECOWAS championship, Nigeria traditional wrestling coach, Sunday Oppiah said the feat was a great one considering the fact that the wrestlers resumed camp a week to the championship.
“Am happy because the boys proved to me that they can be dependant and responsible. We resume camp a bit late but i must confess 2 Silver and 3 Bronze, I didn’t see that coming, Oppiah said.
On what he want the federal government to do concerning traditional wrestling, Oppiah noted that the Federal Government and stakeholders need to collaborate and revive the sport in Schools and villages adding that wrestling should be part of festive event in various villages.
In the same vein, the president Traditional sports federation Nigeria, Mohammed Abdullahi praised the wrestlers for making Nigeria proud at the ECOWAS game assuring traditional wrestlers of interstate wrestling competition.
The host country Senegal placed First (1st) while Niger republic came second (2nd) at the 7th edition of the ECOWAS traditional wrestling championship in Dakar, Senegal.
The next competition is scheduled to hold in Niger next year.