According to the chief coach of the Nigeria arm wrestling squad, Femi Akinsanya they are ready to spring surprises despite the impending presence of power houses including Egypt, Mali and Ghana.

Akinsanya, who is ably assisted by Ogenna Nnmezu popularly called ‘Mr. Nature,’ stated that, Team Nigeria has been preparing for the championship months ago with series of national of championships hosted in Nigeria by the Nigeria Arm Wrestling Federation.

“We have the athletes with the right character to win the overall title of the African Championship in the male category; our ladies are also not bad.

“We know our strongest challengers would be coming from Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and Ghana, but we are equal to the task.

“We shall be presenting 20 athletes to launch the country into prominence in the African continent. We have been to two World Championships and have garnered enough exposure to take the lead in Africa.”

The competition begins on Wednesday at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Arm wrestling involves two participants. Each places one arm on a surface with their elbows bent and touching the surface, and they grip each other’s hand.

The goal is to pin the other’s arm onto the surface - the winner’s arm over the loser’s.