Athletics: AFN advised on how to move the sport forward

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The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, has been advised to engage the services of competent hands if it wants to move the sport forward in the country.

This much was disclosed by a Lagos based athletics coach, Isaac Ikabomeh, following the election of a new President, Shehu Gusau, according to Vanguard.

Gusau was elected President of the AFN on June 13, 2017, alongside Vice President, George Olamide, during the recently concluded sports federations elections held in Abuja.

Advising the board, Ikabomeh called on them to ensure that only competent hands are employed by the body if indeed it wants to turn around the fortunes of athletics in Nigeria.

“Apart from funds, the major thing we need right now in athletics are people who have the skills and knowledge required to handle athletes,” Ikabomeh said.

“People like Emelia Edet, Tony Osheku and others are capable and trusted hands the federation can bring on board to return the sport to its glorious days.

“If the right people are put in the right position, in the next two to three years, there will be drastic improvement in the sport.

He also said that all hands must be on deck, as the newly-elected board will need the support of everyone, and that major players must put the sport ahead of any perceived grievances.

“There was a lot of grievances among stakeholders because of the crises that characterized the just-concluded election,” he said.

“Anybody that felt cheated at the election has the right to complain, but we should put the interest of the sport above our own personal interest,” Ikabomeh added

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