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Nwakpa unimpressed with boxers

12 August 2014, 10:47

Lagos - Obisia Nwakpa, a former Nigerian national boxing coach, is unhappy with the medals the discipline won in the concluded 2014 Commonwealth Games.

In Glasgow, the Nigerian boxing team had high hopes. However, they would only leave the Scottish city with two bronze medals for their efforts.

“Two bronze medals are not good enough for Nigeria,” Nwakpa said.

"This is the second time we will be repeating such poor performance. The last was at the New Delhi Games in 2010. Our medal prospects have fallen to this level because there is no seriousness on the part of the officials."

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“Most of the knowledgeable people in boxing are either dead or too old to come out and contribute meaningfully. Some are ignored by those running the sport. Most of those running boxing are ignorant and ignorance breeds politics.”

“Besides, most of the coaches who handled the Nigerian boxing team to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are still boxers. We taught them how to box but not how to coach. The three coaches who represented Nigeria at the games have no coaching experience.”

“A coach must know the basic principles of the game, not amateur boxers. No amateur boxer can claim he knows boxing.”

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