The Nigerian Army (NA) has been named the winner of the Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition (AFISSC) 2022, which ended on Thursday at the Defense Headquarters Sports Complex, Mogadishu Military Cantonment, Abuja.
To become overall champions, the Army took first places in the men’s and women’s categories of cross country, taekwondo and volleyball, while its male athletes came second in basketball and soccer.
He thus became champion with seven gold medals and two silver.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) finished second securing first positions in football and basketball, as well as third positions in cross country, taekwondo and volleyball in the men’s category, while its category women’s came second in cross country and basketball, as well as third in taekwondo.
In total, the NAF won two gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the competition.
The Nigerian Navy (NN) came third in the competition with a total of four silver and five bronze medals. He came second in men’s cross country, taekwondo and volleyball, as well as third in basketball and football.
Navy female athletes finished second in taekwondo and won bronze in cross country, basketball and volleyball.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), who was the special guest of honor, commended the Defense Headquarters (DHQ) for having successfully hosted the championship.
The Minister, who was represented by the Director of Army Affairs at the Ministry of Defence, Mr Sunday Attah, affirmed that “the objective of the competition, which is to strengthen the existing cordial working relations between the members of the armed forces, has been achieved.
He praised the initiative of the Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, for creating the platform and the conducive environment to host the sports festival.
Also speaking at the event, CDS General Irabor who was represented by Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao commended the athletes for showing camaraderie and team spirit throughout the competition.
He said: “The level of sportsmanship exhibited during the competition lends further credence to the AFN’s premium on activities aimed at improving the combat readiness of its personnel.”