Aniche and Ezeh Shine at the MTN Schools' Athletics Championships


Aniche and Ezeh Shine at the MTN Schools’ Athletics Championships

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“National Youth Games champion Michael Aniche and Adaeze Ezeh displayed their exceptional skills at the MTN Schools’ Athletics Championships in Benin, where they led their respective teams, Baptist Vocational of Rivers State and Vision High School of Anambra, to a dominating performance in the cadet category during the three-day tournament hosted at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

With the participation of 883 athletes representing 157 schools across three age categories (Cadet, Youth, and Junior), Aniche stood out by claiming victory in the cadet boys’ 400m, long jump, and the mixed 4x400m relay, making him the center of attention at the tournament. His remarkable performance contributed to Baptist Vocational’s triumph in the cadet event with a total of 49 points.

Similarly, Ezeh demonstrated her prowess by securing wins in the girls’ cadet 100m, 200m, long jump, and 4×100 relay events, ensuring that her team, Vision High School, also claimed the top spot in the girls’ cadet category with 59 points.

In recognition of their outstanding achievements, Aniche and Ezeh were named the Most Valuable Players (MVP) in the cadet division (U-14), while Anthony Lucky and Success Oruaro received the MVP honors in the Youth event (U-17). Lucky emerged as the champion in the boys’ long jump, while Oruaro earned gold medals in the girls’ 100m and 200m events.

In the junior event (U-20), Isaac Chukwuwike, who secured gold medals in the 400m, 800m, and mixed 4x400m relay, was honored as the MVP in the boys’ junior event. Victoria Olaniyi, who triumphed in the girls’ 100m and 200m, received the girls’ junior MVP award.

For their outstanding performances in Benin, Aniche, Ezeh, Lucky, Oruaro, Chukwumike, and Olaniyi have earned their spots in the grand finale scheduled to take place in Abuja later this year. Other remarkable athletes from the Benin leg who will join the top six at the Abuja finale include Showers Ushie, the gold medalist in the junior boys’ 100m; Faith Osamuyi, who clinched gold in the 100m hurdles and a silver medal in the 100m; Jane Chioma Onyeneho, who secured a top-three finish in the junior girls’ 100m and 200m; and Isaac Egberebo, a silver medalist in the boys’ junior 100m and 200m.

This grassroots athletics championship is a collaborative effort between Making of Champion (MoC), the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), and the Nigeria School Sport Federation (NSSF). The event is proudly sponsored by MTN Nigeria.”

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