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Ghana Beats Nigeria, Niger In Female, Male Categories CAA Marathon

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

As Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region II sport event kicks off with a 21-kilometer Marathon Race, Ghanaian runners have emerged first, both in male and female categories, beating their Nigerian and Nigerien counterparts.

The race, which started from Zazzau Emir’s Palace, saw Ghana’s Williams Amposah outranking his male challengers from Nigeria and Niger to finish the 21-kilometer race at exactly one hour five minutes and nine seconds, while Nigeria’s Adamu Shehu and Nigerien Abdulkadir Sahley got to the finishing line right inside Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Sports Complex Kaduna at 1 hour :05 minutes :42 seconds and 1 hour :16 minutes :38 seconds, amidst cheers from spectators, who trooped into the sports complex to witness participants as they reached finishing line.

The female marathon category was also won by Sakut Juliana, from Ghana, who finished the race at one hour 21 minutes and 40 seconds, beating Nigerian and Nigerien runners, Vera Yohanna and Mary Offor, who finished at one hour 22 minutes and 1 hour, 22 minutes, respectively.

Many have, however, attributed the development to “apparent poor financing and inadequate preparation of Nigerian teams.”

Ambassador Nuhu Bamali expressed satisfaction on high level of preparedness and number of athletes from 14 African countries taking part in the competition, saying the sporting event would promote unity amongst Africans and strengthen the spirit of love and togetherness, which he noted, were vital ingredients in achieving greatness.

In his speech, Vice President Confederation of African Athletics, Region II, Engr Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, while paying a glowing tribute to Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Nuhu Bamali, for passion and love to develop his community, disclosed that over five thousand participants would feature in the three-day field-and-track event, commending Vice Chancellor of ABU Zaria, Prof Kabiru Bala, for his hospitality.

Other events to feature in this year’s edition of Africa Athletics Federation include, sprint, long jump, high jump, and relay, among others.

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