*My experiences will make the difference
Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, the immediate past Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has disclosed that his entry into the field to contest for the Presidency of the organisation will change the equation and the future of the sport in the country.
Speaking to www.gongnews.net, the recently retired Naval officer said, “what we require in Nigerian athletics is not these folks who can speak good English. Issue that is central is how to attract funds to develop the sport. We need people with credibility and knowledge of what to do.
Asked to assess his chances, he said, “I have been around the management of the sport in the last eight years. I have gathered enough experience to appreciate the fact that I cannot fail. My reach both inside the nation and on the international field will work for me.”
“It is people who love athletics we need not people who want to use the AFN as a source of making money to survive. Sincerely, I think we need a debate to ask every candidate what are they bringing on board. Delegates to the election know everybody and what each person can bring to the table to take our sport out of the woods.”
“For instance, I am a certified athlete manager. I know where the management of all the resources will produce business and profit. We shall sell, market and bring big business to athletics. Athletics is more profitable than football. It is the biggest sport in Nigeria and in the world. It is business unusual.
How to attract the cash and manage it is the key. I have spoken to some big companies in the nation who are ready to invest heavily in Nigerian athletics. From day one, I will declare the route we are going to follow. I will bring my experience into the system. Don’t forget that I was the Technical Director in the last four years. I have learnt the ropes at very close range. I can and will bring my knowledge into play.