Former Nigerian sprinter and Olympics medalist, Mary Onyali said Nigerian athletes have what it takes to excel at the forthcoming African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State.
Drawing from team Nigeria’s performance at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the Olympic Gold medalist said the athletes will bring their international exposure to bear.
She said, “Most of Nigerian athletes that went to Gold Coast Commonwealth are juniors. This was done to give the young ones opportunity to garner experience and replace the tired legs.
The AFN was bold enough this time around to allow them to get the needed experience and exposure.”
“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”.
She pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) as they are putting things in order to fix all the loopholes in the federation before the advent of the present executives.
About fifteen African countries have registered to participate at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship scheduled to hold in Asaba Delta state on 15th August 2018.