Anthony Joshua sadly attempted to fight for Nigeria about 10 years ago but
failed to make the final team due to some unclear issues.
described Nigerian-born English boxer, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua’s victory over
Wladimir Klitschko in Saturday’s epic battle at Wembley Stadium, London as
series of attacks by some Nigerians who alleged that he (Obisia) frustrated the
boxer from representing Nigeria at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
unforgettable night at Wembley Stadium, Joshua retained his IBF world title and
added the WBC ‘super’ belt by stopping Klitschko in the 11th round of their
many Nigerian boxing fans have resorted to trading blames, pointing accusing
fingers at coach Obisia Nwankpa and Samson Aransiola for frustrating Joshua
from being one of Team Nigeria’s boxers to Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Nwankpa said: “I was surprised some Nigerians are making such accusation
against me. What happened was that Joshua actually contacted us that he wanted
to represent Nigeria at Beijing Olympics Games. We agreed that he should come
down to Nigeria to join other boxers in our camp so that we could examine him
properly. But he refused. And as at that time, we had three good boxers in the
heavyweight category, who were doing very well. I doubt if Joshua could have
won a medal for Nigeria at that time. So, it is wrong for anyone to say that we
frustrated Joshua from representing Nigeria,” Nwankpa stated.
Nigeria’s squad to Beijing 2008 Olympics, Joshua was denied another opportunity
of representing the country at the London 2012 Olympics.
in 2012 because I was not the coach in charge of Team Nigeria’s boxers. But as
I pointed out, if Joshua had listened to my advice, perhaps, he would have made
the team to Beijing 2008.
“But I want Nigerians to learn some lessons from this.
Today, everyone is celebrating Anthony Joshua because he has become a world
champion. Nigerians should stop this attitude. We don’t like investing on our
children or giving them the support they need to become a successful person in
the future. It is not so in other countries,” he stated