8th February, 2011
If the statement of the Technical Director of Athletics Federation, AFN, Sunday Bada, is anything toÂ go by, there are strong indications that the athletes who will dorn the colours of Nigeria in theÂ Maputo 2011 All African Games will go on foreign tour.
Bada said though the federation is preoccupied with how to pick the best athletes for the AfricanÂ version of the Olympic Games, the federation hopes to expose the selected athletes to modern trainingÂ Â abroad before the commencement of the Games in September.
â€œWe have plans to take the athletes who will represent the country at this yearâ€™s All African Games onÂ a training tour to expose and prepare them for the challenges of the championship.
â€œBut the task at hand right now is how weâ€™ll get the best athletes for the competition,â€ he said.
Bada, while speaking on brilaf.m, said he is optimistic that the country will surpass the recordÂ achieved at the last Games held in Algiers 2007, adding that all hands would be on deck to ensure thatÂ the programme lined up for the athletesâ€™ preparation for the competition is judiciously executed.