By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu
Lagos – The amateur boxers from a Lagos-based Sunny Clay Boxing Club (SCBC) who participated in an international Invitational Youth Boxing Academy competition have returned with eight gold medals.
Sunny Nwamuda, Head Coach of the club, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that he was delighted with the boxers’ performance at the Sept. 24 competition.
Nwamuda said that he was overwhelmed by the skills displayed by the boxers at the event, noting that they were making their first appearance at the international scene.
He gave the names of the boxers who returned on Tuesday as Femi Balogun (32kg), Abeeb Fagbemi (47kg), Awalu Balogun (31kg), Faruq Kareem (36kg) and Ope Babajide (40kg).
Others, he said, were Tobi Adeniyi (49kg), Kola Egbedokun (33kg) and Shittu Balogun (40kg).
“It is indeed a memorable experience that has brought so much joy to me because this is their first time of travelling outside Nigeria to participate in a contest.
“The boys are just good; they proved their competency, exhibited outstanding skills and outshined their opponents to win the highest number of medals at the contest.
“I am most delighted with one of my boys who went with us as a sparring partner but had the privilege of competing and also won a gold medal,’’ he said.
The coach also applauded the boxer’s parents, Lagos State Boxing Association (LSBA) and the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) for their moral support which made the trip a success.
“When I got the invitation for the contest, I officially approached the boys’ parents, the state and national body for permission which they granted and I have reported back to them.
“The boys are in good health condition and have returned to their various homes, while I will present the medals officially to the authorities before handing them over to the boys,’’ he added.
According to him, the competition which was an invitational tournament for vibrant boxing nations had boxers from the host, Ghana, Togo, Republic of Benin and Nigeria.
Coach Nwamuda also noted that in spite of financial challenges encountered, the boxers were excited to be at the event which, he said, afforded the opportunity to gain exposure.
NAN reports that SCBC, affiliated to the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), concentrates on grassroots talent discovery and grooming to give them an
edge in building their career.
Its focus is on cadet and junior categories in U-10, U-12, U-15, U-18 and U-20, and conducts training sessions on Wednesday, Friday evenings and weekends at the National Stadium, Lagos.