[PHOTOS] KDF participates in military sports for peace in Nigeria

The maiden edition is limited in scope to only football, golf and marathon

In Summary

•Kenya is among the invited nations outside the Sahel Region that will participate in a 4x100m peace relay.

•Nigeria’s Chief of the Defence Staff General Leo Irabor said the organisation of these games will play an important role in solving the security challenges in the Sahel region.

Kenya participating in the sports event.
Kenya participating in the sports event.
Image: KDF

The Kenya Defence Forces are participating in the 1st Chief of Defence Staff Organisation of Military Sports in Africa Sahel Countries Military Games for Peace and Solidarity in Abuja Nigeria.

The official opening ceremony was held on Monday at Aguiyi Ironsi Cant Sports Complex with Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Chad, Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville in attendance.

Kenya is among the invited nations outside the Sahel Region that will participate in a 4x100m peace relay.

The events ongoing.
The events ongoing.
Image: KDF

Nigeria’s Chief of the Defence Staff General Leo Irabor said the organisation of these games will play an important role in solving the security challenges in the Sahel region.

This will be done through non-kinetic means and inculcate integrity amongst participating countries.

Some KDF officials in Nigeria.
Some KDF officials in Nigeria.
Image: KDF

OSMA President, Brigadier General Abdullahi, said the tournament intends to demonstrate an example of cooperation between militaries of the participating countries for solidarity and a show of African brotherhood.

"The maiden edition is limited in scope to only football, golf and marathon for member countries and invited nations that will take part in a peace relay," he said.

He added that the next Championship would be hosted by the Chad Republic and would feature combat races, shooting, boxing and basketball.

Edited by D Tarus