*I will improve the lot of coaches in athletics
By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis
President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Dr Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, has sent a message of congratulations to the newly elected President of the Track and Field Coaches Association of Nigeria (TAFCAN), Peter Ogogo wishing him the best of times in the leadership of “one of the most important sectors of our plans to rejuvenate our sport.”
Shehu-Gusau in a telephone chat told www.gongnews.net that, “it is a cardinal plan of my leadership to support the coaches in the country be better, bigger and bolder. Remember I had promised we shall produce millionaire coaches and athletes. We must work together like a chain to deliver a new assured future for our sport.”
‘I am particularly thrilled when I heard of the conduct of the process. With the AFN plans on ground, there is no way we shall not return joy to the faces of the coaches. They are a very important sector of our sport.”
The election which took place at the National Stadium in Abuja saw four candidates who bidded for the position. The election, which was described as free and fair, saw al manners of intrigues before it was settled that the election
must hold Friday.
The four candidates are: Peter Ogogo (28), Solomon (23), Femi Emmanuel (7), and Gad Onwuegbu (4 votes). One good thing about the process is, as as soon as the voting process was done, the spirit of sportsmanship prevailed when those who lost congratulated the winner, hugged and wished him well.
Others who emerged as Coach Ayopo who got 42 votes to defeat Stephen Nuhu by 42 votes to 20 to become the Secretary General.
Coach Michael Monyei and Endurance Ojokolo emerged as the first and second Vice Presidents respectively. Felix Osiegbe got 42 votes as against Stephen Olusanmi’s 18 to become the Public Relations Officer.
Meanwhile, coaches Olyemi Sule and Igwe Nduka were elected Auditor I And Auditor II respectively.
Before his election, Coach Ogogo had read out a two-page election manifesto where he identified four major challenges facing their profession. He named them as: lack of adequate training for coaches, coaches not being catered for, disunity among them and lack of information dissemination.
He promised to work with the AFN to stimulate IAAF courses to develop coaches as well as ensuring that more IAAF-certified coaches will join Messrs Elias Gora and Obajimi;
He also promised to work with the AFN to ensure that only coaches who produce athletes to the national team get such slots. “I will make sure I put smiles on the faces of Nigerian athletics coaches. I promise you fair hearing, be attentive to issues. I will be there for you both in good and bad times.”
“I will make sure that the AFN accommodates coaches in competitions as many of us go to championships without the support. There will be no competition without coaches.”
Ogogo had promised to bring on board his administration by getting coordinators for each of the six geo-political structures of the nation and for disciplines like jumps, middle and long distance, sprints, combined events, walk race.”
The new Executive were elected for a four-year term 2018 to 2022.