Igali Faults Team Nigeria's Preparation


Wrestling coach, Daniel Igali, is not impressed with the level of preparation of Team Nigeria for the All Africa Games, AAG, which holds in Maputo, Mozambique in September.

Igali,who led the wrestling team to a glorious outing at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, said if Team Nigeria are expected to improve on their last year’s performance at the Commonwealth Games they must be given proper camping for the forthcoming AAG.

“I am really worried at the way our athletes are being trained for a major tourney like the AAG. The athletes are scattered in different camps across the country and some are not even yet in camp.

“How do we expect the athletes to put up a great performance at the championship when they are not given proper camping,” Igali queried.

“When we came back from the Commonwealth Games, I was hoping that we would build a better team for the All Africa Games than the one we had in India last year, but with the recent development, that could be unrealistic.

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“Nigeria have wrestlers that can compete with the best in the world, but they need to participate regularly in competitions to get them fit.

This can only be achieved if we can bring in corporate sponsors into our fold,” Igali said.

Nigerian-born Igali represented Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia and 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester after switching nationality in 1998.He won gold medals at both tourney in Men’s 69kg freestyle and 74kg freestyle respectively.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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