AFRICA. Third place in men’s teams and fifth overall with two gold medals in men’s -54 kg and -58 kg, has been an important result for Taekwondo of Niger, during the recently concluded African Taekwondo Championship held in Ivory Coast.

AMADOU Mahamadou in -54 kg and the athlete ISSAKA Nouridine -58 took the gold, demonstrating a high level in an event where Morocco and Egypt took the first two places as a team.

The Niger competitors left a good impression on the tatami. «I am very happy to achieve this gold medal for my country, it is the second in this type of championships. I want to continue striving to continue achieving goalsAMADOU Mahamadou -54 kg, who trains with GM.Moustapha Akkouh in Brussels, told

ISSAKA Nouridine African champion in -58 kg highlighted that standing on the podium to receive gold and third place in the men’s team «fills him with pride.» Resident in the United States, Nouridine was fantastic in every fight, highlighting the dominance of his strength over his rivals.

For the GM. Moustapha Akkouh Africa’s level is growing but work must continue to hold more championships to increase the level of some countries. He revealed that in general very good fighting was observed in Ivory Coast.

«I appreciate the trust of the President of the Niger Federation, Mr Soumana Sanda who has given me the responsibility of being the Head Of Coach of the team,» said the Akkouh, international coach based in Belgium, but who has had a great history training athletes from various parts of the world.

Future vision

Despite the political problems in some countries, the leadership of the African TKD Union is doing a great job making commendable efforts for the development of Taekwondo in Africa, explains Akkouh.

Africa is a continent that is marking a milestone in terms of Olympic positions in Taekwondo. It is no longer the Cinderella of the world with several world champions and Olympic medalists. On the organizational side, this continent also stands out for its efforts.

Part of this work has to do with the vision of the AFTU and its president, Idde Isasaka (NIGER) and Secretary Balla Die (Senegal), as well as some federation presidents who are committed to the growth of taekwondo in Africa.

Regarding this African championship held in Ivory Coast, it can be mentioned that it was an event with great human warmth. This sport in that country is very important and has always had extraordinary figures in taekwondo.

Carlos Hernandez