A couple of months ago, Making of Champions (MoC) announced Closed Trials nationwide for the first time ever, in response to growing requests from Athletes all over Nigeria on how they could become part of MoC Track Club.

MoC Track Club currently has 16 Athletes across Nigeria training with Olympic Medallists Deji Aliu and Uchenna Emedolu while they go to University or Secondary School. The target is to train and support Athletes who could one day represent Nigeria at the Olympics!

The ongoing MoC Closed Trials represent an opportunity for Athletes across Nigeria to be invited to join Making of Champions, with the chance to prepare for the next 3 years for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics! MoC also sources for Scholarships for its Athletes, as at least 4 of them already have sponsors paying for their University or Secondary School Education!

Since September, over 30 Athletes have passed through two MoC Closed Trials that were conducted in Lagos, with up to 6 Athletes being invited to join Akhigbe Track Club (ATC), MoC’s feeder team in Lagos that is also coached by Deji Aliu, while one Athlete from the Trials – Blessing Oladoye – was invited directly to MoC’s main team, and she was amongst the 4 new MoC Athletes announced in November!

(L) Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu at 1st Closed Trial in Lagos – 2 out of the 10 Athletes present were selected to join Akhigbe Track Club (MoC’s Feeder Team in Lagos)
(R) ARCO-sponsored Uniport & MoC’s Jerry Jakpa helping at 2nd Closed Trial in Lagos. 4 out of the 20 Athletes present were invited to join Akhigbe Track Club to train with Deji Aliu!
Blessing won the 2016 400m Youth Title in 63.85s. A year later, she clocked 59s at the MoC Closed Trials on the same track!

On Saturday, MoC stormed Ibadan to hold the biggest Closed Trials session yet, with 45 Secondary School and University Athletes converging at the University of Ibadan Sports Complex to be put through their paces by Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu! It was an exciting morning, with the Athletes eventually competing in the 100m or 400m, and several of them being added to MoC’s shortlist for 2018!

Coach Musa Deji leading the Athletes at the Ibadan Closed Trials!
Coach Deji Aliu with Brightville Secondary School Athletes and other Athletes at Ibadan Closed Trials
45 Athletes in total attended the Ibadan Closed Trials!

Now the MoC Closed Trials will be moving North for the very first time, due to popular demand from Athletes in that region! Even though no northern city had initially been included in the call for Trials, Abuja and Kaduna have now been added to the MoC Closed Trials schedule in a week’s time – you can apply here before the new deadline of Thursday 23rd of November to be considered!


If you’re located in either Abuja or Kaduna and had previously applied for a different Trial location, there will be no need for you to re-apply, as you will be automatically invited to the Closed Trial where you are located – do watch out for an email or phone call by Friday 24th of November to confirm your invitation.

All applicants should please note that these are Closed Trials and NOT an open competition – to keep the numbers down to a number that we can manage within a 3-hour session, the date and venue of the Trials will only be disclosed to registered and invited participants – those who have been invited should please refrain from bringing any guests apart from their parents or guardian!

Successful Athletes from the MoC Trials in Abuja and Kaduna will also be added to our shortlist for 2018 (along with those from Ibadan), though exceptional talents with the potential to make it to the 2020 Olympics could be invited to join Making of Champions immediately – don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Finally, to those who applied for MoC Closed Trials in Enugu and Port-Harcourt, these would now be taking place at sometime next year – please do bear with us as we make plans to come to those locations as soon as possible in 2018!

Making of Champions would like to wish Athletes all over Nigeria the very best for 2018 as the Athletics Season kicks of with the All-Comers’ in Abuja next week and the AFN Golden League in Kaduna the following week – all the best!

Bambo Akani is the Founder and CEO of Making of Champions (MoC). He is an avid sports writer and photo-blogger, and has quickly become an internationally recognized Athletics Expert. He appeared in a new weekly Athletics segment on the Sports Tonight Show on Channels TV during the 2014 Athletics season and has also appeared on Jamaican Television and Radio to discuss the MoC "The History" Film that he Produced and Directed, and to review and analyse key events in world athletics.Bambo holds an MEng and BA in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in the US.


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