Nigeria’s boxing coach at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Mr. Anthony Konyegwachie, has stated that he anticipates boxer Efe Ajagba will deliver Team Nigeria’s first medal at the games.
Mr. Ajagba, who is Nigeria’s only representative in the Boxing event of Rio 2016 Olympics, will face Kazakhstan bronze medalist from London 2012 Olympics, Ivan Fyodorovich Dychko, on today for his place in the semi-finals and a guaranteed bronze medal.
Speaking on Mr. Ajagba, the head coach of the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), Konyegwachie said: “We’re going to deliver the first medal to Team Nigeria here in Rio.
“Ajagba is going to hit another knockout to move into the semi-final. Tell them that I said so. I know the stuff Ajagba is made of, he has been training and he is in a killer mood. Nobody will stop him,” he concluded.
Mr. Ajagba, who won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and gold at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville, does not intend to rest on his laurels.
According to Premium Times, Ajagba’s goal is to end Nigeria’s 20-year no-medal streak. Mr. Ajagba qualified for the quarter-finals as he knocked out Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul within 2 minutes and 44 seconds of the first sound.
The last time Nigeria won a medal in boxing at the Olympics was in Atlanta ‘96 when Duncan Dokiwari won a bronze medal. A win in the boxing contest to be held on Tuesday will see Ajagba guaranteed at least a bronze medal.