Nigeria featured two men and two women at the competition and won four of the 14 gold medals at the championship which was concluded on Tuesday in Lome, Togo.
Ghana, Togo, Republic of Benin and Sierra Leone won two gold medals each, while Cote d’Ivoire and Gambia won one each at the competition which featured nine countries.
The Nigerian quartet, coached by Rabo Adikwu, are Adewunmi Akintunde (78kg), Adebukola Adeyanju (57kg), Jude Gugah (81kg) and Mohammed Rimibadi (90kg).
DeSouza said the victory was a boost for Nigerian judo, but called for financial support for the sport and the judokas.
“I am happy because it was the first time the competition would be organised and Nigeria came first by winning four gold medals in different weight categories,” DeSouza said.
DeSouza, who is the Director of Referees of the NJF, was also elected at the West African congress as the Judo Referees Director for West Africa.