After six weeks of camping and intense preparation for the 2019 Africa games in Rabat, the Nigeria Boxing Federation has presented a 14- man contingent for the quadrennial event, the team is made up of 10 boxers, 3 coaches and the secretary of the federation, Mr Akinyele Oladapo.
Apart from the captain, Lawal Lukmon , the other boxers will be experiencing their maiden Africa Games.
The Federation is hoping to surpass their previous feat at Congo Brazzaville in which they came second with four gold and two bronze behind Algeria. Eight years ago, at the Maputo games, Nigeria came a distant seventh with three silver and a bronze, with Lawal Lukmon wining a silver medal in the -91kg category.
In an interview with the federation’s Vice President and Chairman Technical and Rule Commitee , Brig .Gen . Joseph Ayeni (Rtd) .
We have done a lot of preparation for this games and all our boxers are in-form and we are really hoping for the best outing in Morroco. Honestly by the level of preparation and determination of the Athletes, we are aiming only for gold.
The boxing technocrat also spoke on his expectation from the boxers.
My expectations is that all the boxers in the camp should make us proud without any exemption with God on our side .We have not being attending competition so it is very difficult to rate them with their counter-parts from other countries, however, looking at their performance here and my experience in boxing all over the world. I think they are putting on the best in different weight categories and we are hoping for Gold to make Nigeria proud.
Speaking also on the nine debutants , he said a change is needed .
“ The best thing in any human endeavor is change, we don’t want to depend on the old boxers, we have discovered new boxers with very high talents . the new breeds are anxious to make their names known all over the world and with that the determination is high .
The boxers are Yusuf Adeniyi – 51kg, Abdul Afeez Osoba – 69kg, Lawal Lukman – 81kg,
Arinze Frankly – 91kg, Adebayo Imole-ayo – 91kg,
Females : Oriyomi Aishat- 51kg , Elizabeth Oshoba – 57kg ,
Fadilat Tijani – 60kg (Female Captain) Bolanle Shogbamu-69kg , Toyi Adejumola – 70kg
Coaches: Adeoti Mosunmola – National Female Coach
Anthony Konyegwaichel – National Male Coach and Coach Daniel Adekunle .