Nigerian Karatekas at the just concluded 2017 Union of African Karate Federation (UFAK) Zone 3 championships in Cotonou, Benin Republic, have clinched six medals. The medals comprise two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
The gold medalists are Ujunwa Nwankwo in the U-21 female category and Oluwaseun Olorumbe in the junior male category of the individual Kata, while the silver medalists are Blessing James (-61kg) and Ebube Okpara (-67kg) both in the under 21 of the female and male categories. The bronze medalists are; Abdulazeez Bashiru (-55kg), Ujunwa Nwankwo (-68kg) and Ebube Okpara (individual Kata of the U21 male).
Dave Jegede, the Technical Representative, Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), said in a statement that attributed the success of the team to the timely intervention of the federation’s President, Hon Silas Agara.
He said: “Despite the short notice to the championship, the federation led by the deputy governor of Nasarawa, Hon Silas Agara took a bold step in sponsoring athletes, coaches and referees to attend the championship”.
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He added that the president have kept his promises with the team attending the championship.
The coaching crew was led by Grand Master Micklem Emechete-Attoh, Shola Sunaka, Kingsley Enye and Dave Jegede