By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:
Photo By Ganiyu Yusuf:
The karate event at the on-going 11th All Africa Games got underway on Monday at the Kintele Sports Complex but not on a good note for Team Nigeria karate athlete.
Fighting in the -60kg category, Amadi Nwabueze (pictured in the red gloves) started on a good note by edging out Sibeso Nicho of Namibia to set up a round two clash with South African, Ngcofe Balungile.
Amidsts high expectations, Nwabueze lost to his South African opponent in the second round match to exit the event in the quarter-finals.
In the women’s -55kg category, Team Nigeria’s Ikeh Juliet who drew a bye in the first round, was not lucky enough as she lost to her Algerian counterpart, Attia Yassmin.
An emotional Juliet told completesportsnigeria.com that her debut All Africa Games was in Mozambique four years ago.
However, her male counterpart, Amadi Nwabueze, revealed he was making his debut appearance in the African Olympics.
“This is the first time I’m participating in the All Africa Games. Congo Brazzaville 2015 is my first international karate appearance,” he told completesportsnigeria.com.
“I was sick on Sunday and had to take two drips, it could have been three but I was advised it could make me over weight.
“I have now taken the positives from this games, next time I hope to go all the way.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria Karate Federation Head Coach, Emmanuel Metu, hinted completesportsnigeria.com at the event’s venue that the two Nigerians still have a mathematical chance of mounting the medals podium.
“If the South African who beat Nwabueze reaches the final, then Nwabueze will fight for the bronze medal.
“The same is applicable for Juliet because there are two bronze medals available for each category of karate,” he explained.
On Tuesday, at same venue, Team Kumite category of karate will get underway at the same venue.