Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Eko 2012 - Team Yobe Targets 18 Gold Medals

Yobe State Sports Commission Chairman, Alhaji Sani Fema says Team Yobe is fully prepared to cart away all the 18 gold medals at stake in the 18 events that the state is participating in at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos.

Fema, in a chat with sports reporters, noted that besides the National Sports Festival in Kaduna, this is the second time Yobe will be going into the biennial sports fiesta adequately prepared to challenge for the laurels.

"We (Team Yobe) are full of hopes to pick gold in each of the 18 events because after Kada Games in Kaduna I think the next is Eko 2012 in terms of preparations because of my experiences of the Garden City Games where there was a slogan 'Host Must Win' Lagos is the next," he said.

According to him, his team is empowered by the previous records attained during the Kada Games and the Garden City Games to be able to make an impact here in Lagos in 18 different events but with basketball as the only team event, without hockey which Yobe is known for, and this is because of some reasons.

Fema, who expressed satisfaction with the arrangements made by Lagos in the hosting of the festival also pointed out that Yobe, known in the hockey event in the country but is missing in the Eko 2012 was because the team had since qualified to represent the country in the African Championship holding in Zimbabwe, adding that the state's team could not be at the festival in order to have full attention on Zimbabwe.

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