Ifeanyi Ogene (-72kg) and Abah Paul (-84kg) both won gold medals for Nigeria at the just concluded Tong-il-moo- do international martial art championship in Kenya.
Team Nigeria won a total of three medals consisting of two gold medals in the individual event and silver in Team Kara.
The team was led by Aime kouakou (team captain), Paul Abah and Ifeanyi Ogene.
Ogene beat Lito tariman of Thailand by 4 to 2 points in the final, while Abah defeated Abubakar Mohammed of Kenya by 6-4 points.
Earlier, Ogene humbled Philippine’s Junelle tumanda by 9 to 5 points and Kenya’s Chris machanja by 4-2 points.
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Ogene told ACLSports.com that, “Its a pleasure representing my father land. Because everything I have learnt so far was made easy in Nigeria. I feel I can do more and that’s my goal”.
“The only problem is that Nigeria is still very partial in sport promotion. But God will help us”, said Ogene.
The gold medalist said the athletes are potential threat to the world if the new board invests in them.
“Karate federation just had a new administration. The key to growth is to think of the future and not the temporal enjoyment that is being fought over. KFN is a potential threat to the world if they use the key”, he noted
Abah on the other hand said, “It was an awesome experience for me to lift the green and white flag night above that of all my opponents. I wish we all will be acknowledge by the Nigerian government for our performance.