In bid to ensuring massive participation for the game of golf and encourage the up coming talents in the country, Nigeria is set to host the 10th edition of the All Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) which is to take place in the nation’s capital Abuja, beginning November 7, 2010.
The championship, which is set to come up at the the IBB Golf and Country Club will no doubt see as many as 17 African countries in attendance
Besides hosts Nigeria, other countries that have already signified their interest to take part in the biennial championship, which was first held in Harare, Zimbabwe back in 1992 with 12 countries in attendance, are Angola, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana and Malawi.
Others are Togo, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Senegal, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and South Africa which has won the previous nine editions of the championship.
Nigeria won the hosting rights to stage this year’s AACT at the last edition in Egypt and efforts have been made to ensure a successful hosting of the championship which will run for four days.
Making this declaration in Lagos on Tuesday was the president of the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN), Ngozi Osuhor, who disclosed efforts made so far by the LGAN, which is the umbrella body that governs all lady golfers in Nigeria, to ensure a successful staging of the tourney.
Twenty-three sponsors and counting Amongst these includes the LGAN’s massive sponsorship drive that has already secured the signatures of as many as 23 corporate and individual sponsors notable among which are Coca-Cola, Seven-Up, Guinness, Nigeria Breweries, American Express, as well as the Nicon Luxury Hotel which will accommodate the visiting teams for the duration of the AACT.
President of the Nigerian Senate, David Mark, former defence minister Domkat Bali, along with the Savannah Hotel, which will be accommodating the Nigerian team, are also sponsors of the event.
This will mark the second time that Nigeria will be hosting the AACT following the successful hosting of the 3rd edition back in 1996 at the Ikoyi Club, Lagos.
A notable absentee however will be Egypt who withdrew last week citing security concerns in the aftermath of the Abuja Independence Day bombing.