(By: William D. Ezah, GNA Special Correspondent, London, England)
London, Aug. 31, GNA - After going on a long medal drought since 2007, Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe is convinced the 2012 Paralympics Games provides him a perfect opportunity to end the drought and affirm his status as the continent's best.
"I have not won any medal at major competitions like this since 2007 when I won three medals in the All Africa Games in Algeria and I want to change my fortunes in this competition.
"I hope to end the drought here in London to prove that I am the best in Africa and one of the best in the world." He told GNA Sports in an interview at the Games Village in Startford.
Despite his confidence, the Ghanaian maintains he has to go through the competition on a gradual basis adding, that picking a place in the finals remains his top most priority.
According to Nkegbe, who will start the heats on Saturday, he is looking forward to book his ticket for the finals from the list of 24 athletes in the semi finals of the 100 meter T53 category.
"I want to take one step after another and the first thing is to qualify from the heats to guarantee me a place in the finals, before I will target a medal." Nkegbe stated.
Asked whether he was under pressure to deliver, Nkegbe answered in the negative, saying he is experienced enough to go through such challenges.
"This is my third Paralympics and I have gathered enough experience over the years to guide me. More so I am not a wild card this time around but qualified from very competitive procedures.
"The qualification procedure was even enough motivation for me to deliver and I am looking forward to that." Nkegbe said.
He said even though the priority of every Paralympian is to participate, he will seek to go beyond that by winning a medal.
"I am here to prove a point especially for disabled sports in Ghana and the only way to do that is to win a medal." He said.
Nkegbe, it will be noted won three medals at the 2007 All Africa Games, but has since not won any medal at such events.
He missed out of the medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2011 All Africa Games.