By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:
Photo By Ganiyu Yusuf:
Jerry Okorodudu has boasted that Team Nigeria will make a clean sweep of the medals in boxing at the on-going 11th All Africa Games in Congo after six Nigerian boxers reached their event finals on Friday.
Okorodudu, a former Olympian, told completesportsnigeria.com that he has no concerns that the Nigerian fighters will dust their opponents and haul medals in the boxing event.
He spoke against the backdrop of six Team Nigeria boxers fighting in the finals of their different weight categories later Saturday afternoon.
All the boxers were involved in semi-final fights on Friday with some of them earning technical knockout wins over their challengers.
“I know we came here with good boxers who are not only experienced but also well prepared and focused for this All Africa Games,” Okorodudu told completesportsnigeria.com.
“We’re believing that everything will go well for us because we have done quite a lot in terms of preparation.
“Hopefully, we will get the medals, you know boxing is one of Nigeria’s gold medal hot-beds in competitions like this and I believe we are going to get things done out there in the ring.”
Okorodud is one of Team Nigeria coaches led by Tony Konyegwachie.
Leading Team Nigeria’s gold medal charge is Efe Ajagba who will climb the ring against Kennedy Agnes of Seychelles in the +91kg Super Heavyweight class.
Ajagba earned a third round technical knockout victory over Madin Kassen of Egypt in Friday’s semi-final fight.
Oluwafemi Oyeleye will slug it out with Nsango Njikam of Cameroon in the 69kg welterweight division while Efe Tobor Apochi will fight Kennedy St Pierre ofvMauritius in the 91kg Heavyweight class.
In women’s boxing Edith Ogoke will face Egypt’s Rana Abdelhamid in the 69-75kg middle weight category while Linus Caroline will come up against Algeria’s Bouchene Souhila in the 48-51kg Flyweight category.
Kehinde Obareh will cap the night’s fights with a 57-60kg Lightweight bout against Tunisia’s Hlimi Khouloud.
Team Nigeria currently has nine gold, 18 silver and 15 bronze medals as the 11th All Africa Games enters its day ninth day on Saturday, September 2015.