Nigerian Chess Federation Announces National Teams

Bimbo Adesina, "NCF Names New Chess Teams," This Day, 15 July 2002 (Lagos,  Nigeria).

The Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) has named new national male and female Chess teams from the third Olympiad trials which ended in Lagos on Friday.

NCF President,
Theophilus Caiafas, in his remarks at the end of the trials, said that the new teams would be used for all international competitions between now and the end of 2003, including the All-Africa Games.

On the 35th World Chess Olympiad, billed for Bled, Slovenia between Oct. 25 and Nov. 11, Caiafas said the Federation had written to the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development in Abuja for government sponsorship to the competition. He, however, added that NCF was still seeking private sponsorship to the Chess Olympiad to enable the Federation expose as many Nigerian chess players as possible to the championship.

The male team is made up of the current national champion,
Odion Aikhoje of Delta, Bunmi Olape of Edo, Chuks Allor of Delta and the national Junior champion for the year 2000, Chikwere Onyekwere. Also on the list are: Tolulope Ogunwobi (Anambra), Martin Odum (Edo), Kolade Onabogun (Edo), Charles Campbell (Bayelsa) and Olamide Ajibowo (Lagos). Others are: Clifford Ogoluwa (Delta) and Bomo Kigigha (Bayelsa).

The female national team is made up of
Rosemary Amadasun, a coach with the Edo state sports council and national female champion for 1995/96 and 1997; Pauline Glewis of Delta, current national female champion and Kemi Teru of Lagos. Others are: Bimbo Edunwale (Lagos), Adenike Williams (Ogun), Funmi Oyegunle (Ogun), Anthonia Esimike (Delta) and Victoria Ossai (Delta).

Posted by The Chess Drum: 15 July 2002