ABUJA – Bitrus Joshua, the Coach of Kuje United Football Club, on Monday said the sterling performance of Nigerian female athletes at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games was as a product of determination.
Joshua told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the performance helped in making Glasgow 2014 one of the country’s best outings in the history of the Games.
NAN reports that the Games held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3 saw Nigeria finishing in eighth place with 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals.
The performance was three silver medals better than what Team Nigeria had at the 2010 edition of the Games in New Delhi, India where it also placed eighth.
“Team Nigeria did very well, as we had a better record in this year’s Games, compared to the previous Games.
“Our women really impressed us with their result, I think we need to give them our support and encourage their good performance.
“I think concentration and determination were responsible for their good results, like in the case of Blessing Okagbare,’’ the coach of the FCT-based club said.
He said the team also represented Nigeria very well in all the events it participated in at the Games.
NAN reports that Nigeria has so far competed at 13 Commonwealth Games since its first participation in 1950.
Nigeria had won at least one medal at every Games attended, including its highest number of 37 in 1994 at Victoria in Canada where it had 11 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals.
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games will hold at Gold Coast City in Queensland, Australia from April 4 to April 15, 2018.(NAN)