AFN WARNS COACHES TO PICK TEAM ON MERIT
Written by thereachfm on March 14, 2019
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has warned its coaches to set aside sentiment and assemble athletes with medal prospects for the 2019 Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) U-18 (Youth) and U-20 (Junior) Championships scheduled for Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Technical Director of AFN, Sunday Adeleye told newsmen that over 1000 junior athletes from different parts of the country hit Ilaro Stadium, Ogun State yesterday morning to battle for tickets to Abidjan.
Last year, Team Nigeria’s junior team went to Algeria with only 17 athletes, made up of 10 girls and seven boys for the championship, which was strictly for the U-18 athletes, and finished second behind South Africa, who paraded 60 athletes.
The AFN says Team Nigeria will take a bigger and stronger squad to Abidjan next month with the hope of beating the Rainbow nation (South Africa) to the number one position.