35 cyclists to represent Nigeria at second Africa Cup Track Cycling Championship

The Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) has picked 35 cyclists to represent Nigeria at the second Africa Cup Track Cycling Championship holding from Thursday to July 17 in Abuja.

Bashir Mohammed, CFN’s Technical Director, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the cyclists were picked from the elite and junior teams camped in Abuja.

”They have been undergoing intensive training for over four months at the velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium,” he said.

Mohammed said the team of cyclists would participate in several events at the championship.

NAN reports that the Nigerian team will compete in events in both the junior and elite levels in the male and female categories.

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The 35 cyclists will be divided into two teams of 17 for the juniors and 18 for the elite.

The 17 cyclists in the juniors category comprise 11 male and six female, while the 18 cyclists in the elite category have 10 male and eight female.

“We are  set for the championship and it is good that it is taking place in our country where we will compete in all the 11 medal events,” the federation official said, assuring that the 35 cyclists have been well prepared for the competition.

Mohammed also disclosed that cyclists from 20 countries, including Nigeria, were being expected to participate in the competition.

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He listed the countries as including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Republic of Benin, Guinea, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Algeria, Togo, Rwanda and Tunisia.

NAN reports that the federation had earlier conducted a national trials from June 8 to June 12, where 139 cyclists participated and 52 cyclists were picked for closed camping.

Nigeria hosted the championship’s first edition in July 2019 in Abuja, and nine countries participated.

With a contingent of 21 cyclists of both female and male categories, Nigeria won a total of 51 medals comprising 21 gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze to emerge champions.

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Egypt finished second with eight gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals, while Morocco were third with four gold and three silver medals.

Burkina finished fourth with three silver, five bronze, Burundi fifth with two bronze, and Ghana sixth with a bronze medal.(NAN)(

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