Moroccan track and field athlete, Rhizlane Siba is a force to reckon with when it comes to women’s high jump in Africa.

Having come 5th in the last African Senior Athletics Championship in Durban, Siba has arrived in Asaba with gold on her mind.

The 22-year-old, who won gold when her country hosted the African Championships in 2014, suffered some glitches at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport alongside other Moroccan athletes.

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“I have been here (Warri) before and I won a gold medal in the High Jump event, I hope to get another gold this time around,” Rhizlane said on Tuesday.

Nigeria has some strong prospects including Tobi Amusan in the women’s 100m hurdles, Ese Brume in the women’s long jump, Queen Obisesan in the women’s hammer and women’s 100m and 200m specialist Blessing Okagbare, who is set for stiff opposition from the Ivorians on parade.


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Botswana’s Isaac Makwala is not in Asaba and that makes the men’s 200m open.

Home born sprinter, Divine Oduduru is a firm favorite here even though a lot of surprises and possible upsets cannot be ruled out.

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