347 soldiers are battle-ready to combat for honours ahead of the maiden edition of the Organisation of Military Sport in Africa, OSMA Games scheduled to hold from October 9th to 17th 2021 in Abuja.
According to the President of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi, football, golf and marathon race are the events to be competed in by the Sahel military by 347 soldiers.
Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad Cameroon, Benin Republic and Libya are the nations in the Sahel region.
In a chat with journalists, Abdullahi further said 8 countries will participate in golf while 12 countries will participate in football and marathon.
General Abdullahi, who is also the Vice President, International Military Sports Council, said the sports fiesta will not only serve as an instrument for the promotion of multilateral friendship and unity but will also send signals to the outside world that the Sahel nations are united despite the differences in culture and colonial experiences even as they contend with common security challenges.
“The aim and objective of the championship is to unite the armed forces of the Sahel region and our brothers in Africa. Fighting is won by any means and sports is one of them. Sports is one of the non-kinetic that can mellow down the effects of war.
“We want to send a message to the world that the Sahel countries are together. It is in our tradition to compete without a fixed prize. Our prize is participation and to bring peace.
“Marathon is a full marathon of 42.195km race that our soldiers are officers are going to participate. they will show their strength, stamina and work out,” he said.