The Taekwondo Team of the Chika Chukwumerije Sports Foundation (CCSF) will be making their international competitive debut at the 8th Korea Ambassador Cup Taekwondo Championships, billed to hold from January 13 to 14 at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana.
The four-member team consists of 17-year-old Elizabeth Anyanacho [Female -73kg], 19 year old Peter Itiku [Male -87kg], Chinonso Ogbonna [Male -68kg] and Darius Danlami [Male -63kg], will be led by three-time Olympian, Chika Chukwumerije and Team Manager, Nicholas Olowo.
For the only female on the contingent, Elizabeth Anyanacho, she is thrilled with the upcoming challenge.
“It is a totally new experience for me. I have never left the shores of Nigeria and I have never competed in a proper tournament. Doing both at the same time will only increase my confidence. The trials against my two team mates in camp was difficult but I am glad I made the final selection, and I will do my best to win a medal in Accra, even if it is just my very first tournament.”
For team captain, Peter Itiku, “we started this programme barely 18 months ago, and we have learnt so much in a short space of time. I am hopeful that the Ghana experience will only add to this journey. The goal is to become national champion, win the All African Games in 2019 and hopefully qualify for Tokyo 2020. Programmes like this help us to gain confidence”
For CEO, three-time Olympian Chika Chukwumerije, it is just training and learning experience for the athletes.
“It is important to expose our young and upcoming athletes to foreign tournaments, whenever we can. Personally, it is impossible to know how they will respond to the pressures they will face in Ghana, but I am confident that they will come out more knowledgeable. This is the goal. I have given them a target of two medals from four athletes, even though it is a tall order.”
The team is expected to arrive in Accra today (January 11) with the weigh-in and accreditation taking place on Thursday, January 12 while hostilities will between January 13 and 14.
The event is hosted by the Ghana Taekwondo Federation and sponsored by the Korean Embassy in Ghana.