Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Blessing Onyebuchi says she is banking on luck to win gold medal at the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.
Onyebuchi who will be making her second attempt at the continent’s biggest multi-sports showpiece billed for next month said Nigeria can top the medals table in the wrestling event.
The national champion told www.aclsports.com that her title defence against Nigeria Army’s Roda Shode was tough and technical.
She said, “I am banking on luck to win my first All Africa Games gold medal. Most times I qualify for the finals and win silver medals at various Africa championships including the All Africa Games.
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“I have realized my mistakes and I am working on it. The competition is a different ball game and I am looking forward to making the country proud. I will just take few days off and return to training this week,” the African champion said.
Onyebuchi recalled that she almost lost her national title to Rhoda Shode of Nigeria Army but experience made her scale through in the final of the 76kg Women Wrestling at the 3rd Governor Dickson National Wrestling Classics held in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State
“My opponent (Roda) gave me a tough time early in our match. When she fell me down and pinned me down, I asked myself what is happening. But I have to prove that she is not my match and I immediately lift, fall her down and pinned her down. For now, I don’t think there is anybody that can withstand me in that category here in the country. I have been winning the title since 2011 and I am happy to retain it.
Blessing Onyebuchi settled for the silver medal after losing to Annabelle Laure Ali of Cameroon in the final of the 75kg Women Wrestling at the 2015 Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.