After the initial travel glitches that saw some teams stranded at the Lagos Airport for some days, the stage is now set for action at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Delta State.
The opening ceremony of the CAA Asaba 2018 will be taking place inside the newly-completed Stephen Keshi stadium with a record 52 African countries set to begin the battle for honours in the continent’s biggest athletics event.
This is just the second time that a Nigerian city will be hosting the African Championships; with the last coming 29 years ago in Lagos the then country’s capital city.
While Nigeria won when it hosted Africa almost three decades ago, not many are sure of the country repeating the same feat in the championships that will run from August 1-5 in Asaba.
The last time Nigeria topped the medals table at the biennial athletics championships was three editions ago, at Porto Novo in Benin in 2012, but since then South Africa have taken over; winning back-to-back titles in Marrakech (2014) and Durban (2016).