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No Medals Yet for Nigeria – Team Nigeria Kicks Off to a Poor Start but Remains Hopeful



Team Nigeria has had a mix of victory and losses in the first few days at the London 2012 Olympics and has earned no medal yet.

In Table Tennis, the entire group of male and female players have crashed out.

Segun Toriola and Quadri Aruna representing the men, and Olufunke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem, the two female players lost to their opponents in the first round of games.

In spite of winning his first two games, Aruna, 23, lost 2-4 in his second round game to Turkey’s Bora Vang while Segun Toriola lost 4-1 to Swedish Persson Jorgen in his second outing.

Oshoniake also won her preliminary round match, before losing in the first round later in the day while Edem lost 4-2 to Egypt’s Dina Meshref.

Jonathan Akinyemi, Nigeria’s first ever Olympic Games competitor in the canoeing event lost the bid to make it to the semifinals round of the men’s kayak K1 event on Sunday.

Akinyemi finished 20th in his first run and 21st in the second run to be out of the Games, having missed a place among the 15 athletes who made it to the next round.

In Boxing, Nigeria’s Muideen Akanji failed to make it to the last 16 of the men’s boxing middleweight, following a 15-6 defeat at the hands of Ireland’s captain, Darren O’Neil, on Saturday.

And on Monday, Team Nigeria had another poor performance when one of their boxers, Lukmon Lawal lost his round of 16 Light Heavyweight bout 19-7 points to Ihab Almatbouli of Jordan, crashing out of the Games.

However, the Nigerian Basketball team, D’Tigers managed to defeat Tunisia 60-56 points in the men’s basketball opening match which brought some consolation to Nigeria. But sadly, they lost their second match against Lithuania yesterday.

Meanwhile, South Africa has secured Africa’s first gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. Cameron van der Burgh, on Sunday, secured the gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

Despite the seemingly dull start, we are proud of our Nigerian athletes who have put in so much time, resources and training to compete at the games. We acknowledge the athletes who put in their personal financial resources to ensure that they get the necessary training; we acknowledge their zeal and passion for the game and we say we are proud of them.

Like the proverbial saying “All hope is not lost”, Nigeria still has more chances to bring victory to Nigeria in the remaining games. We wish Team Nigeria the very best and we remain hopeful.

Photo Credit: Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. bellybutton

    August 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Congrats Team Nigeria for your participation; our screens would be dull if you had not contributed to the games, not everyone can be winners but everyone can choose to win. Have won by participating and doing so with spirit. I salute you my West African Neighbour!

  2. purplepearl

    August 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    TEAM NIGERIA all the way.

  3. Nomy

    August 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    My money is on the lifters! God have mercy!

  4. Chattyzee

    August 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    We will keep the fire burning! Team Nigeria!

  5. Theodora

    August 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Am still hopeful….sobssssss…Team Nigeria Team Nigeria

  6. ofilispeaks

    August 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Africa has been quite disappointing to be honest. Maybe things will change with track and field. And o Senegal Senegal in soccer =D

  7. Princess of Zion

    August 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    It’s still very early, I’m sure they’ll pull something out of the bag! All the best

  8. KimHyunJoong

    August 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Lets be real, the only sport Nigeria has a chance (not even a guarantee) of getting a medal is Track and Field. Nigeria has some good track and field athlete. As for Basketball they don’t stand a chance.

  9. andy

    August 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Niga all the way

  10. nomad

    August 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    lol, please, i’d be surprised if Nigeria gets a single bronze.
    You cannot expect medals from nowhere if you don’t spend years and money training athletes. Do you know how many years the Americans, Chinese et al- train. Do you think medals will fall out of the sky if you don’t have money to eat, not to talk about training from a country that does not give two shits about sports development and expecting medals to fall from the sky. Rubbish

    • spicy

      August 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!hardly any substantial training and they expect to perform well???lol

  11. Anon

    August 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I doubt they have a chance winning any medal but I appreciate their efforts. TeamUSA when it comes to Basketball, no one can beat Kobe and Lebron on the same team. Maybe track and field.

  12. Akingbogun oluwole

    August 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Team NIGERIA all the way.I support you cos i‘m a proudly Nigerian.I believe that 3 out of the Nigerian athletes ll win something @ ds yrs olympics.They are Chika chukwu merije,Blessing okagbare and Tosin oke.May GOD be with all of them.

    • Tosin

      August 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm


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