Konyegwachie: Nigerian Boxers Were Robbed At Olympic Qualifiers

By James Agberebi:


Coach of Nigeria's boxing team to the AIBA Olympic qualifiers in Yaounde, Cameroon, Tony Konyegwachie has attributed the Nigeria's poor outing to biased officiating, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.‎


With 10 boxers (seven men and three women) vying for slots at this year's Olympic Games in Rio, only the duo of Efe Ajagba and Caroline Linus qualified.


In a chat with Completesportsnigeria.com, Konyegwachi accused some countries, mostly the North Africans of bribing their way to qualifying for the Olympics.


"A lot of robbery took place at the Olympic trials in Cameroon," Konyegwachie  blasted. "Some countries, especially the North Africans paid monies to win fights. Countries like Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia had to pay to get the favour of the judges.


"Our boxers were robbed. Fights involving Umar Sadiq, Caroline Linus, Efetobor Apochi were clear evidence. Luckily, for Efe Ajagba, he won his fights mostly on knockouts, so it was difficult to rob him," Konyegwachie reiterated..


Konyegwachie however stated that Nigeria can still get slots at the Olympics through the women Olympic trials in Kazakhstan and the men's in Azerbaijan.


"All hope is not lost, we still have some trials coming up like the women's trials in Kazakhstan in May. Also for the men, there is the trials billed for June in Azerbaijan. So we still stand a chance of getting more boxing slots for the Olympics." 

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