*45 staffers advised to retire from civil service
Audu Ejo Adamu Nigeria’s beach soccer coach otherwise known as the Super sand Eagles and a host of other top coaches, athletes are set to depart fro other states after being declared “uncleared workers” and advised to retire from the civil service system.
Ejo who placed 2nd at the just concluded Africa beach soccer championship is among the 45 uncleared workers at the Kogi state sports council.
Before now, Seychelles, an Africa country had offered coach Ejo a lucrative deal but was turned due to the love for his fatherland but as it stands Ejo will have not other option than to leave the shores of the country.
The Super sand Eagles gaffer won the first edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria beach soccer event held in 2013.
In the category of uncleared staff of the sports Council, the head coach of table tennis, Friday Abah was not spared in the screening process. Abah is the only table tennis coach in the 21 local governments areas of the state.
The Handball head coach, Philip Peter, suffered same fate as the screening review committee described him as “unclear”, the screening if implemented will leave Kogi without a handball coach. The only performing athlete being paid by the sports Council, Blessing Itodo, is also tagged as uncleared.
Blessing has represented Kogi state in various competitions from the national schools sports festival, National Youth Games and National Sports Festival.
The major upset are those that were cleared but advised to retire.
The Kogi state screening review committee cleared 54 sports Council workers but advised 15 exceptional coaches and technical officials to take a bow.
Philip Momoh (wrestler), an Olympian, All Africa Games medallist, Commonwealth medallist, undefeated national champion was advised to retire few months to the 2017 National Sports Festival.
Another casualty is the only weightlifting coach, Nwadei Christopher who just returned from an International invitation by the African weightlifting federation training programme. He has been selected as one of the foremost grassroots coaches.
Christopher who in time past trained Commonwealth champions, Olympians, All Africa Games champions was invited to the 2014 Commonwealth games after being dropped by the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation.
It is worth to note that the 2017 National Sports Festival is around the corner and any plan to implement the screening committee report will see coaches and athletes will be poached by states that need the services of these coaches to better their sporting record and provide elite athletes for Nigeria.