University of Ghana Legon (UG) sprinter Abdul Rasheed Saminu wants to be on Ghana’s 4x100m relay team for the African Championships, Commonwealth Games and the World Championships.

Saminu won the recent UG Inter Halls in a time of 10.67s which puts him in the frame for UG’s teams for the 2022 African University Games and World University Games.

Ghana’s men’s 4X100m relay team has been given a massive boost given the sub-10 performances by Benjamin Azamati (9.90NR) and Joseph Paul Amoah (9.96s) respectively.

Saminu is undaunted as he reckons a place in the 4x100m relay team is not beyond his reach.

“I want to be part of Ghana’s 4x100m relays,” he told adding that “I currently rank among the best 3 sprinters locally in Ghana.”

He explained that his major objective this season was to qualify for the African University Games (FASU) and World University Games (FISU).

“The season has been great. My biggest target is to be selected for the 2023 African Games. I have already qualified for the FASU and FISU.”

He acknowledged he needs to work on his finishing to achieve his objectives this season.

“I need to work on my finishing. I have had poor finishing in my last three events. That is the major thing I am working on. Coach Elorm is my coach but now, Coach Rauf is working in his stead ever since we left for the States.”

Traditionally, a place is reserved for the top home-based sprinters in the national relay teams. For instance, former UG sprinter Benjamin Azamati made his national bow at the 2019 African Games while schooling at UG.

Meanwhile, Rasheed and other home-based athletes would be given another chance to compete and attain the qualification standards at the next Ghana Athletics Association’s Open Championships at the Cape Coast stadium on 14 May.


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