The Kickboxing Federation of Nigeria (KBFN) begged corporate bodies to respond promptly to its sponsorship proposals to enhance its preparations for African Kickboxing Championships.
KBFN will participate in the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation (WAKO) organised championships holding in Yaoundé, Cameron from March 19 to March 24.
Peter Njoku, the KBFN secretary said necessary arrangements for the national team’s participation were in progress, while the body awaits positive response from companies to resume national camp.
“We have approached individuals and corporate organisations’ to sponsor us to the forthcoming championships. We have been communicating with them on our preparations.But this appeal has become necessary because the date of the championships is drawing closer, and we need to bring the athletes together and put finishing touches to our preparations,” he said.
“We are optimistic that the sports authorities will also identify with us because they are also aware of preparations for these championships because of our membership of WAKO,’’ he said.
Njoku disclosed that 26 athletes, two coaches, four referees and a physiotherapist would be invited to national camp scheduled for Calabar before the end of February to finalise the team list.
He gave names of the athletes in the low kick event as Prince Epere, Olasunkami Ogundeji, Onyeka Uchejim, Erhahom Osarunwese, Chidi Orueousu, Hero Amechi, Michael Ayodele and Solomon Jegede.
The low kick women list has Caroline Linus, Esther Oluwatoyin, Eniola Busari, and Bright Green.
Also listed on the full contact event are, Samson Solomon, Adedokun Oluremi, Godspower Cornelius, Prince Nwoye, Awoyele Olakunle, Henry Ikenna, Efume Etu and Emmanuel Onoja.
The full contact women are Juliet Ukah and Akintayo Pamilerin, while Akeem Oyeniyi, Eweh Bernard, Abdulahi Tigger and Ochefu Godwin are in the K1 events.
“So far, we have these athletes, for the three events that will be featured in the championships in Cameroon but their participation will be determined by their performance in camp,’’ Njoku added.
According to him, the shortlisted athletes are selected based on their current forms and brilliant performances at the national trials held in December 2017 in Bayelsa.
He noted that only those that proved their mettle in the national camp will make the final list for the championships, adding that no automatic shirt will be considered.