Nwokedike predicts bright future for Nigerian Karate
A member of the Karate Federation of Nigeria (KFN), Emmanuel Nwokedike has predicted that the new board of the federation, headed by Nasarawa State’s Deputy Governor, Silas Agera, will give the sport a new lease of life.
Speaking at the National Stadium, Lagos at the weekend, Nwokedike said with the series of championships lined up between now and next year, new talents would be discovered in the sport, who would be nurtured to make Nigeria great in international competitions in the near future.
“We have a championship slated for November 21 through 25 in Abuja sponsored by our chairman. I mean KFN’s board chairman, His Excellency, Silas Agara.
“From February, the zonal championships in all the six geo-political zones in the country will commence. I must say that our president has been a source of inspiration to all on the board of KFN since we were inaugurated. He has been a driving force and we all commend his leadership qualities. We have all resolved to take karate in Nigeria to a new and enviable height,” he said.
He called on all board members to endeavour to sponsor championships in their locality to encourage people to take to the sport, as well as discover new talents. “I am sponsoring a championship in the north-west early next year, and plans are already in full gear to ensure a hitch competition,” he said, even as he called on karate lovers and corporate bodies to throw their weight behind the oncoming events.
He added: “I love karate, and I want to contribute to its growth in Nigeria, that is why I am on the board and I have people who share the same aspiration with me on the board.”
“The present government has shown some commitment to karate. The Minister of Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung has promised KFN of government support and I know the minister is a man of his words, so we are confident he would live up to his words and give us the maximum support we require to take karate to the height that will make us have a strong showing at both continental and world championships from next year.”