A total of 125 archers from across the country are expected to scramble for a spot on the national team at the Nigerian Archery Federation (NAF) National Open Trials scheduled for next month at Package B at Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
The three-day trials which will run from June 25 to 28, 2021 are intended to select the players who will represent Nigeria in the regional and continental tournaments scheduled for Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco in July respectively.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja on Thursday, NCF President Mohammed Abdullahi said seven clubs had already expressed interest in participating in the trials, adding that the military and paramilitaries should also make good representation.
“We expect a lot of countries at the African Championship, more than 19 countries will participate. So that means we have to take our best athletes to the championship. We must get started now and aspire to be among the elite archers in Africa.
“I am sure of the abundant talents that we have in the country who stand against any opposition in Africa,” Abdullahi said.
“We are going to have regional and continental programs. The regional program will be held in Côte d’Ivoire while the African tournament is scheduled for Morocco later in the year. Apart from these, there are several programs lined up in Europe, America and Australia. Even though we cannot attend all the programs, we should be able to attend a small one that we can afford.
The former para-football boss called on Nigerians and well-meaning businesses to identify with archery and help reposition the sport in the country, saying archery will soon be a sport domestic in Nigeria.