Nigerian martial arts competitor, Michael Akande has set his mind on picking a gold medal at the forthcoming Nigeria Open Taekwondo Championship in Abuja.
Although the competition is set to be a high-profile international event that will involve 14 other countries against Nigeria, Akande is enthusiastic about emerging with glory.
Akande is already keeping his head up, as he sees the competition as a golden chance for him to further make his mark for the country and wants to end on a high at home.
Akande and other members of Nigeria’s team will, however, have to watch out for the other nations coming to Abuja, as 15 countries have registered for the maiden edition billed to start this Friday in the FCT.
The championship, which will hold from February 8 to 10, has already been graced with the arrival of the contingents from Saudi Arabia and United States of America, which landed in Abuja on Monday.
Also expected are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo, France, Gabon, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Mali, Niger Republic, Oman, Togo and Senegal, but Akande is staying positive over his chances.
Akande enthused: “The Nigeria Open is a very good opportunity since it is taking place right here in the country.
“I encourage the local athletes to utilize this opportunity well to register and compete in the Nigeria Open 2019.
“We have foreigners that are coming here to compete with us. We should not allow other countries take the glory.
“I expect to win a gold medal at the Nigeria Open, and if there is something beyond that; then I will go for it too.
“It is only the gold medal that I am training hard for, and it is the gold medal that I shall win. Let us make Nigeria proud.”