Abuja - Nigeria’s 573 –man contingent to the 11th All-Africa Games in
Brazzaville, Congo departed Nigeria from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International
Airport, Abuja on Monday.
At the airport to see the contingent off and charge the athletes
to go for gold at Africa's version of the Olympics were the Director General,
National Sports Commission, Alhassan Saleh Yakmut, some federation presidents
and NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.
The All-Africa Games contingent consisted of sportsmen and women
in 21 sports, as well as technical and administrative officials, including
football players of the Senior Women National team, Super Falcons, and the U-23
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The Super Falcons will play host team Congo-Brazzaville, Tanzania
and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A of the Women's Football Tournament of the
All-Africa Games, while the U-23 boys will take on Ghana and Senegal in the
men’s Group B that has been depleted by the withdrawal of Egypt.
The Dream Team, Olympic champions in 1996, will play their first
match of the competition on September 9, against Ghana’s Black Meteors, who won
Olympic bronze medal in 1992. Hosts Congo-Brazzaville, Sudan, Burkina Faso and
Zambia make up the men’s Group A.
The women’s Group B has Cameroon, South Africa and Ghana, also
depleted by the withdrawal of Egypt’s senior women team.