Former Nigerian sprinter and Olympics medalist, Chief Mary Onyali has backs Nigerian athletes to excel at the forthcoming African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State.
She said Team Nigeria would dominate the continental event because of their international exposure and experience garnered at the just concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
“Most of Nigerian athletes that went to Gold Coast Commonwealth are juniors. This was done to give the young ones opportunity to garnered experience and replace the tired the legs.
“The AFN was bold enough this time to around to allow them get the needed experience and exposure.”
She stated further that most of the athletes that represented Nigeria were not exposed yet they came back with medals.
“Competing at the African Senior Athletics Championship in Delta State will make them feel at home, gain more confidence and win almost all the available medals because of the experience and exposure garnered at the Commonwealth Games.”
The 1996 Olympic 200m bronze medalist urged Nigerians to be patient with the AFN, stating that the new board is still putting thing together to fine tune areas that were shaky before they came in.
“It’s very obvious that Athletics Federation of Nigeria did not perform as Nigerians expected at the just concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Their goal was to surpass the performance of the 2014 in Glasgow. But that did not happen for obvious reason.
“It is a new board and they are still building the system by fine tuning areas that are still shaky.” She concluded.
So far, fifteen African countries have registered to participate at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba Delta state, which starts on 15th August 2018.
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