Nigeria’s national boxing coach, Anthony Konyegwachi has declared that the nation’s pugilists are training very hard and in high spirits, as they set their sight fully on making the country proud at the upcoming African qualifiers for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, megasportsarena.com reports.
Casting a look ahead of the qualification championship, which will hold from 20th to 29th of this month in Dakar, Senegal, Konyegwachi said all members of the coaching crew and the boxers are not bothered by camping difficulty and various welfare challenges.
He enthused, considering that they all want to make the country proud and conquer the rest of Africa in Dakar, the boxers and coaches are all focused on ensuring they do well in all the bouts and qualify for as many spots as possible at the Olympic Games qualifying championship.
The former boxing champion added that the current set of boxers are training hard to see that they are well prepared for the upcoming challenge in Dakar and to ensure that they all come out on top, but he charged Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and the sports ministry to rise in aid of the contingent, so that the boxers will feel at home and focus fully on the task at hand.
Konyegwachi added: “We’ve really started seriously because we want to go there and conquer Africa, to qualify as many boxers as we can. We have 20 boxers who are responding to training. Three foreign-based, two in USA and one from England, who are lodged here. They are here but we are still waiting for the ministry to respond to our plea so that others can join them.”