Chukwumerije blames Anyanacho’s loss on nervousness

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Coach Chika Chukwumerije has attributed Elizabeth Anyanacho’s loss to Iran’s Melika Vakili in the quarter-final of the ongoing Turkish Open Taekwondo Tournament in Istanbul to nervousness.

Anyanacho crashed out after losing 7-6 to Vakili in the quarter-finals of the competition on Thursday.

The tournament was Anyanacho’s first in over a year, but despite the nervousness, she easily dispatched off Turkey’s Medine Eroglu 13-0 in her opening fight.

Valiki showed her defensive prowess by smartly avoiding Anyanacho’s kicks, while stinging the Nigerian with some precise shots as her experience paid off to help her overcome the Nigerian.

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Reacting to the loss, Chukwumerije, bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said, “Her first fight didn’t last long enough because I feel she needed more time to shake off her nervousness. It was a good thing she won her first fight in a year. She lost narrowly in her second match. She was nervous and jittery and that’s why we really need her to compete a lot.

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“The Iranian absolved almost all of Anyanacho’s attack and made use of sneak attacks on her (Anyanacho). She was a bit too nervous to carry out the tactical instructions.”

Anyanacho admitted that she learnt a lot from the disappointing defeat.

“The result is disappointing; I’ve not competed in a year so I still have some major tournaments. It’s part of the learning process for me. The Iranian has a lot of experience. She used her distance very well and I have learned a lot from that on how to use my distance,” Anyanacho said after the fight.

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“The tournament is over for me, I have to go back to the gym and put in more work.”

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