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Olympics: I’m prepared to win gold for Nigeria, says kickboxer

Gold medalist, Daniel Emeka has said kickboxing coaches in the country are outdated and have lost touch with the modern coaching skills.

In an exclusive chat shortly after winning a gold medal for Team Delta at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, Emeka who has remained undefeated in his career so far said he no longer has a coach as he now coaches himself.

“All the coaches we have here are outdated. They are using the old formats to train us since they don’t travel or learn. They are just in one place and use what their own coaches trained them with.

“Everyday, new things come out but our coaches are not in tune with them. For example, the Thai coach told me to be kicking banana trees to help develop my legs but in Nigeria, where will I see banana trees? If there is one, they will say I want to destroy them. I used to have a coach but not any longer. I am now my own personal coach,” he said.

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He further said he is prepared to win gold for Nigeria in the Olympics while decrying poor facilities in Nigeria.

“I am prepared for the Olympics but I must go through the African qualifiers first. Things are very different in the countries I have gone to.

“All the facilities in these countries are top notch and we don’t have such in Nigeria. For example, in Nigeria, we have cage to fight but not to train. Everything is just too accurate over there compared to Nigeria,” he said.

Gold medalist, Daniel Emeka

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