The three-times Africa champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye has stunned the female coach of Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Purity Akuh, with her performance at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France.
It will be recalled that Adekuoroye recently won a Silver medal in the 55kg female category.
The coach also said he was surprised by the president of the federation, Daniel Igali’s commitment to the team.
In an exclusive interview with aclsports.com, Akuh said despite Adekuoroye not clinching the top prize in Paris, he’s still proud of her.
“After the declaration of Adekuoroye as the world number one in the 55kg female category, all attention was on her, so also was the pressure and the need to deliver at the World Championship in Paris. But I thank God for the silver medal,” he said.
The female coach revealed to ACLSports.com that the president of the federation surprisingly took the position of the assistant coach during the championship.
“To my greatest surprise, Daniel Igali automatically because a coach during the various bout. I saw the passion and zeal he have for all the wrestlers. No wonder the athletes feel more comfortable around him. Igali was ones on this mat at the tournament where he became a World Champion and I think that’s the more reason he’s closer than ever before,” Akuh also said.
Akuh also commended Blessing Oborududu and Aminat Adeniyi for putting up good fights against their various opponents.
“For Blessing Oborududu, she knocked off two times world bronze medalist Tauber yusein of Bulgaria 12-8 which is an outstanding result but losing to Mongolia’s Orkhon Purevdor of 10 -4 at quarter finals stage was sad. The most painful is the bronze match, for me Oborududu won the match against Jackeline Castillo.
“This is Aminat Adeniyi first world wrestling championships she came up with 8 position in the world,” he told ACLSports.com.