Nigerian athletes arrived in Port Novo, Benin Republic yesterday ready to dominate the African Championships starting tomorrow, but their Kenyan counterparts have promised to raise the bar.
Kenya hosted and won the 2010 Championships with ten gold medals against Nigeria’s eight. Officials of the East African nation, stated that the African championships for them is like a dress rehearsal for the London 2012 Olympics and therefore they will be out to clean the medals table. They will be parading their best athletes.
“Most of our athletes who are going to London are in Port Nova. The African Championships will definitely have a bearing on how Kenyans will perform in London because it’s the same blood.
“Morale is very high in the team and everybody is thinking about victory.
“On behalf of our colleagues who are going for Olympics, we want to use the African Championships to send a warning shot to the rest of the world that Kenya is ready to conquer London,” said team captain Mark Mutai.
Nigerian athletes left Lagos yesterday in with high hopes, most especially the men sprinters who are yet to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics relay events.
National 100m champion, Obinna Metu who is carrying a weight on his shoulders stated that he and his colleagues have no option, but to put in their best and record good performances that will put them on the world top ten.