June 30, 2014

Nigerian boxers set to depart for Cuba training tour

Abuja – The Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) will depart the country on July 1 for a training tour of Cuba ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Head Coach of the Federation, Anthony Konyegwachie says.

Konyegwachie in Abuja on Sunday said that necessary arrangements had been concluded for the team’s departure preparatory to the Games scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland.

According to him, the team will fly to Cuba direct from Abuja.

“All we are just waiting for is to embark on the training tour of Cuba. We hope to embark on the tour probably next week Wednesday, then from Cuba straight to Glasgow.

“Presently, we have 30 boxers officially invited to camp but I will be going with 20 for the training tour. We will be featuring in 11 weight categories; three in the women categories and eight in the male categories, making 11. Nine sparing partners will also travel with us to Cuba.’’

He said that the federation would next week decamp 10 boxers departing for Cuba.

Konyegwachie further assured that preparations for the Games had intensified to ensure the boxers win at least three gold medals at the sports fiesta.

“I project three gold medals by the grace of God from both male and female boxers, if everything goes well.

“I have about 10 exposed boxers in the team. One came in from Mexico his name is Efetobor; my heavyweight.

“I have an Olympian female boxer, middleweight, Edith Agu, she is a quarterfinalist in the last Olympic Games. Lukman Lawal is an Olympic boxer too and then others.’’

He said  that the training received so far by the boxers was enough to compensate for the country’s poor showing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The coach, however, said with fair officiating, Nigeria’s boxing contingent would achieve their desired results at the Games.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to take place in Glasgow, Scotland between July 23 and Aug. 3. (NAN)