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Team Mary Onyali launches her AFN ambition

*Why she should be the Vice President – Chika Nwankwo

By Oluwole Francis

Respected and brilliant football administrator, Chika Nwankwo, has launched a public campaign for Nigeria’s legend and heroine, Chief Mary Onyali. Her ambition to become the Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) in the forthcoming Sports Federations elections scheduled for 13th June in Abuja is officially public now.

Mary Onyali...crossing the line of victory again for Nigeria
Mary Onyali…crossing the line of victory again for Nigeria

Writing on his well followed Facebook page, Mr Nwankwo wrote, “she blazed the trail, she lighted the tracks with vigour, power, enthusiasm, garnished with apt patriotism: She is undoubtedly the queen of the track. She ruled Africa and shook the world. As a one time captain of the Nigeria Olympic team, she carried the country with gait, style and tenacity.

“While covering the tracks, she was also vehemently covering the academic track with excellence. She is a lady of many parts. A woman of substance, an enigma, world class professional athlete, great Olympian (five appearances) and a loving mother.

She has won many Awards internationally and nationally, she is an erudite athlete, sports wear manufacturer (Yali-Yali), a motivational speaker, grassroots sports developer, elite athlete consultant/manager, advoctae for women in sports and an astute administrator.

“Let me not bore you with the laurels she won as an athlete, (Gold, Silver and Bronze). Her defining moment was at the 1992 Olympic-games where she anchored the last lap of the relay (4x100m) for Nigeria. Her celebration after wining the bronze medal still reverberates across the globe, she also took the bronze in 200 meters at the 1996 Olympic Games. As for Africa, she conquered it…(her resume is intimidating).

She has been in Nigeria since 2010, helping out in the sport that gave her fame across the globe. She is presently engaged in a national grassroots programme taking her round the country. The Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) in conjunction with the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI).

She has offered herself to serve on the board of the Athletes Federation of Nigeria (AFN), as the VICE PRESIDENT, in the forth coming federations election…

Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to MARY ONYALI’S WORLD. The right person at the right time, the right experience for the right reasons….lets Run with team MARY.

Let her Experience work for us…


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