Tony Konyegwachie, coach of the Nigerian sole boxer Efe Ajagba in the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has blamed the medal miss on the failure of the boxer to take to his advice.
Dwelling on why Nigerians high expectation on Ajagba was dashed in a radio sports progamme monitored on Tuesday Konyegwachie said, “I told Efe before the bout not to fight his opponent, but that he should try his best to box not fight.
“This is because I know the opponent was more experienced than him, but he refused to listen to me; he told me he was going to fight and knock him down,” Konyegwachie explained.
Ajagba, 22, lost his quarter-final bout to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko by unanimous decision in the Super Heavyweight 91kg category.
Dychko had approached the first round as favourite as he aimed directly at the Nigerian’s face and landed a couple of right-hand punches and was rewarded by the judges who gave him a 10-10-10 lead over Ajagba’s 9-9-9.
The Nigerian needed a win in the quarter final bout to qualify for the medals stage – semi finals – but lost out against the expectations based on his superlative performance that helped him knocked out Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul within 2 minutes and 44 seconds of the first sound.
Nigeria’s last medal in boxing was a bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics from Duncan Dokiwari.