Vanguard (Lagos)

24 February 2013

Nigeria: Coach Dashed my London 2012 Dreams, Says Female Boxer

Nigerian female boxer, Kehinde Obare is still nursing regrets that she wasn't part of the history when women boxing was introduced to the Olympics for the first at the London 2012 Games.

Obare and two other female boxers were in China to seek qualification for London 2012, but they failed to book their passage to the Olympics. Obare said that it was very painful as she lost narrowly to her opponent in her last bout, she pinned the blame on poor instructions from the coach, Ndika Nsofor who led them to China.

"I was looking forward to boxing at the Olympics. I trained very hard and was in high spirit during the qualifiers, but I lost to a Japanese opponent 14-16.

"It was painful to me because I have all it took to beat her. I blame the coach who was at my corner, he was giving wrong instructions. If the national coach that was training us had gone with us, I would have made it.

"The other girls also complained of poor coaching by the technical adviser. I wonder why he has to be with us when we have our national coach," said the boxer who works with the Nigeria Army.

She submitted that missing London 2012 denied her opportunities, however, she has now planted her focus on the Rio 2016 Olympics.

"By God's grace I'm working harder than ever to be at the next Olympics. We need the exposure to open doors of opportunities for us boxers.

"We are just here there a very few competitions to participate whereas there abundant talents. I want the federation to start preparations now so that we will not be left unprepared for the 2016 Olympics," said Obare whose first international exposure was the in China during the Olympics qualification.

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