… I was chased out of Falcons team
Former Nigeria athlete, Chioma Ajunwa has revealed that she didn’t go to the Olympics to win medal, the sportsbay.com reports.
“My brother, I didn’t go to the Olympics believing I will win the gold because those I was going to be competing against were more experienced and renowned. So, I was happy that I made the Olympics,” she said.
She also said when she won the gold medal in the long jump event in Atlanta, she celebrated on her own as no one from Africa thought of celebrating with her on the record she had made.
She did a jump of 7.2meters to beat Fiona May. And the Italian who is a black woman refused to embrace her thereafter.
“I had no one from Africa to celebrate with, even Fiona May, who has her roots in Ghana was envying me & refused to congratulate me. So I celebrated my own way,” she said.
Chioma Ajunwa who is the first and only woman to compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a footballer as well as the Olympic games doing track and field, is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force.
“After football, I tried my hands in long jump where I faced resistance again but my performance left the coaches with no choice after I defeated more experienced foreign & home based athletes in the long jump and made the Olympics,” she noted.
She has also revealed how a mafia chased her out of Nigeria’s Senior Women’s Team, the Super Falcons after the 1991 FIFA World Cup in America.
She competed at the African Championships in 1989 and the All Africa Games in 1991 where she won gold medals in the long jump.
“It’s a long story my brother. I was one of the regulars in the team because I was a utility player. Then I went to the All Africa Games & we won gold.
“When I returned to camp, I noticed that some of my teammates were avoiding me. And my days in the national team were over. My teammates said to my face that I went to make money at the All Africa Games and shouldn’t come again to make money in the Super Falcons.”
“I was a regular and the coach’s favorite before I went to the All Africa Games, but after my encounter with my teammates, which I thought wasn’t important, the coach changed.”
“He called me to the video room and said I will never play for the team again as long as he remained coach. He carried out his threat and I left camp in frustration, and that was the end,” Chioma Ajunwa said.