Karate: Four NYG champions shine at Zainab Saleh C/Ships

Karate: Four NYG champions shine at Zainab Saleh C/Ships

Former NYG Champions, Elizabeth Oghenevwogaga, Godfirst Samson, Sarah Ochoba and Faith Nelson won laurels at the recently concluded Zainab Saleh Female Karate International Championships in Lagos.

Oghenevwogaga of Team Delta won gold in the Kata Individual senior, junior kumite -53kg and was crowned the most outstanding athlete at the end of the tournament.

On the other hand, Faith Nelson of Team Delta beat Jaachi Udochukwu to win gold medal in the junior -59kg.

Godfirst Samson of Golden Martial Art Academy defeated Tobossou Fridole of Benin Republic in the senior kumite -55kg to win her first senior major title.  Meanwhile, Sarah Ochoba won bronze in the -61kg

An elated Oghenevwogaga told www.aclsports.com that her aim is to break into the senior national team.

The outstanding athlete said despite the upset at the Africa Youth Games in Algeria; she is not ready to give up on her dreams.

Oghenevwogaga said, “I am very pleased with my performance at the Zainab Saleh female championships in Lagos but my mind keeps telling me I can do it. My main aim is to represent Nigeria at the senior level.

The Warri athlete said, “I have been inspiring myself due to all my competitions (National Youth Games in Ilorin), but what inspired me more was the Africa Youth Games I attended in Algeria. Though I was cheated, but my performance made me believe I can do better and conquer.

“My prayers from the day I started the sport, karate is to compete at the international level. I think God is making the way out now and I thank God for his uncountable blessings on me”.

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