Nigeria's boxing coach at the Rio 2026 Olympics Anthony Konyegwachie, has promised that his ward Efe Ajagba will deliver the first medal to their country.
The lone Nigerian entrant in the boxing event of the Rio Olympics faces Kazakhstan bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, Ivan Fyodorovich Dychko, on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals and a guaranteed bronze medal.
‘’We're going to deliver the first medal to Team Nigeria here in Rio," Konyegwachie, a Los Angeles 1984 silver medallist, boasted.
"Ajagba is going to hit another knockout to move into the semi final. Tell them that I said so.
‘’I know the stuff Ajagba is made of. He has been training and he is in a killer mood. Nobody will stop him.’’
Ajagba had stunned his Trinidad and Tobago opponent with a first round knockout in their round of 16 bout.
But Ajagba’s opponent who also earned a knockout to get to the quarter-final possesses an intimidating record having won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics. And before coming for the Rio Games, the boxer also spent two weeks training with world champion Vladimir Klitschko and his team. He is 2.02m tall and also rated as number two in the +91 kg class.
There is nothing to be afraid of, Ajagba will deliver," Konyengwachie insisted.