After clinching a total of seven medals at the just concluded African Games in Congo comprising of one gold, four silver and two bronze, Head Coach of Nigeria Taekwondo team Anthony Anafulu has described the performance of team Nigeria as classical.
Anafulu told Nigeria Pilot Sports on arrival in Abuja that new revelation emerged in Taekwondo.
New sensation, Uzoamaka Outadimma while competing for the first time in African Games surprisingly clinched gold for Nigeria in Taekwondo middle weight category.
He further explained that another gold medal expected from experienced Uche Chukwumeriije was lost after he picked up injury early in the first round of the competition.
On his part, President Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali has expressed joy after Nigerian wrestlers’ nicked a total of nine gold medals at the African Olympics despite distraction that saw him detained by Congo officials at Brazzaville airport on arrival.
At the end of their contest, Team Nigeria wrestlers won a total of nine gold medals; five silver and four bronze medals, to become the highest medal winning sport for Nigeria at the Games.
“Honestly speaking, my athletes blew me out of this World. They overshot my target coming to the Games,” Igali remarked. Before coming to the All Africa Games here in Congo Brazzaville, my target was six gold medals.
“But winning as many as nine gold medals was something I did not dream of, and I’m now regretting not coming here with more wrestlers.”
On Nigeria’s overall performance, Igali was of the view that the country should target global glory beyond continental exploits adding “Kenya, for instance, does not rank amongst the top teams on the final medals table of the All Africa Games. But in the World, they are a strong voice based on their dominant role in the long distance races which they have continued to maintain year in, year out. In 2003 All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria, we won the overall medals table but the next year; we went to the Olympic Games in 2004 and just managed to win only one bronze medal.”
Team Nigeria finally arrived 11pm in Abuja on Sunday and later disengaged to re-unite with their families.

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