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Nigerians In Sport: Sultan Adekoya, A 10-Year-Old Boxing Sensation


In Nigeria and every other part of the world, it is quite difficult to identify young special talents with a glaring future in whatever sports they choose to be competitive in. Just like Argentina was lucky enough to identify the footballing gift in Lionel Messi at a very young age. The case of 10-year-old Nigerian boxing sensation, Sultan Adekoya, can be likened to that of the Argentine football great. With the initiative of the Nigerian Ministry of Youth and Sports Development under the leadership of Mr Sunday Dare, to identify hidden talents in the country, Adekoya was located at the suburb of Egbeda, Lagos State, Nigeria.

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It did not take long for the Nigerian Minister (Sunday Dare) to declare ‘’there is gold in this kid,’’ and I am quite certain that the gold identified by the Minister is a bright future in the world of boxing for the kid, which undoubtedly should equally translate to winning an Olympic Gold for Nigeria in the near future. In a 23 seconds video shared on Twitter by the Nigerian sports minister, Adekoya thrilled a lot of Nigerians with his amazing mastery of the boxing art. At such a young age, Adekoya commands a perfect head movement and footwork, something rare to find in most boxers his age. His coach, Tito, puts in a lot of work into the development of the kid who just needs to be rightly nurtured to attain the heights of Nigerian boxing greats like Anthony Joshua.

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“Meet 10-year old boxing sensation Sultan Adekoya with his trainer, Coach Tito. Served from Egbeda, Lagos. Sultan has won some great fights. MYSD has found him in our talent hunt. There is gold in this kid.”

Sunday Dare

With the Ministry of Sports keen on identifying more talents like Sultan Adekoya, Nigerians can be assured of a bright future in sports as Mr Sunday Dare is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to develop talents alongside sports infrastructures in the country.


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Ugo Chinedu

I am a Lion, I love to hit heights that seem impossible so I can motivate others and prove doubters wrong. For me, impossible is nothing. I'm open to learning and I love to read, travel and meet new faces.

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