An Eye-Opener For Nigerian Karatekas


Secretary General of Karate Federation of Nigeria, KFN, Clement Iyaluegbeghe, believes the participation of the Nigerian karatekas at the recently concluded African Zone 3 Karate Championship held in Accra, Ghana, was an eye-opener for Nigerians ahead of the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September.

Iyaluegbeghe stated this while chatting with P.M. Sports at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

According to the Karate scribe, the championship, which was concluded recently in Ghana gave Nigerian coaches an opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the team before leaving for Maputo for the games.

“Our participation at the Africa Zone 111 Karate Championship in Ghana was an eye-opener for our karatekas that are going for the All Africa Games. It gave us the opportunity to assess our athletes and confirm their readiness for the games,” said Iyaluegbeghe.

Commenting on the performance of the athletes in Accra, he added that Nigerian karatekas gave a good account of themselves by winning the championship.

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“Our athletes did very well in that competition. They won 11 gold medals out of the 16 at stake and gave us victory at the championship. I believe this superb performance will be repeated in the All Africa Games,” said Iyaluegbeghe.

On how to consolidate on the team’s performance in Accra, Iyaluegbeghe said that all hands must be on deck to make sure that Nigerian karatekas come out with flying colours at the All Africa Games.

“All things being equal, our athletes will come home with gold medals from Mozambique.The coach will try to strengthen their strong points and work hard on their weak points. I am optimistic that we will not disappoint Nigerians at the Games,” he said.

Twenty- two Nigerian karatekas are expected to participate in the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

—Bimbo Ajayi

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