11th October, 2011
I Would Have Won Medals For Nigeria In Maputo â€”Emmanuel
Nigerian international, Sunday Emmanuel, has said he would have helped the nation to clinch second position at the recently concluded All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique if he was not decamped.
Emmanuel stated this while reacting to the nationâ€™s overall position at the Games. He said he was on top of his game when he was decamped on the allegation of violating the campâ€™s rule.
â€œIt is very painful for me not to be there because I had a great chance of winning medals for the nation at both the single and doubleâ€™s events if I was not sent back home from the camp,â€ he said.
He said an additional gold medal at the Games would have lifted the nation from third position to second position.
Emmanuel, however, said his experience in Abuja camp would not make him to rest his oars at writing the nationâ€™s name in gold whenever he is given the opportunity to do so.
He said his focus now is on how to make the final list to next yearâ€™s London Olympic and do the nationâ€™s proud.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel has stated that no Nigerian player is ripe enough to win this yearâ€™s Governorâ€™s Cup, arguing that the atmosphere is not yet condusice for the players to win such glamorous tourney.
He said the nation is blessed with talented players but there are no developmental programmes to help them compete favourably with their foreign counterparts across the world .