The African Fencing Championships (or in French; Championnats d’Afrique d’escrime) are an annual top-level fencing tournament organized by the African Fencing Confederation. They serve as zone championships for the Fencing World Cup run by the International Fencing Federation. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has this year, awarded Nigeria the hosting right for the Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships.
The event, which will take place from February 26 to March 5 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos has been endorsed by Lagos State, with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode scheduled to attend the ceremony along the FIE President, Alisher Usmanov, who is Russia’s richest man and a major shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.
The J/C AFC is an internationally recognized and FIE-approved tournament that provides a platform for fencers across Africa’s 31 registered nations to compete for world ranking points leading to the 2018 World Championships in Verona, Italy and the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.
It is worthy to note that this is the first time that Nigeria would host any international event in this sport, how do you think they would fair in hosting this competition and how far do you think the Nigerian team would go?