Athlete Wants Egbunike For AFN’s Appointment


A Nigerian athlete, Godday James, has canvassed for the appointment of a former sprinter, Innocent Egbunike, as the Head Coach of the country’s athletic team to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Reacting to the speculation that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, is considering appointing the Los Angeles ‘84 Olympic bronze medalist in 4 x 400m relay as the Head Coach of the federation, James, who was a member of the Nigerian 4 x 400m relay team that won bronze medals at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, said that Egbunike has the experience to handle the Nigerian athletes to next year’s Olympics.

“Egbunike is a very good coach and we have all seen what he has achieved as a coach. He has enough experience to take Nigerian athletes to 2012 London Olympics.

“He has done it for Qatar and he can do it for Nigeria as well, if he is given the opportunity,” said James, who competed in the 400m at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki.

Egbunike won a gold medal in 200m at 1983 Summer Universiade with a personal best of 20.42 seconds. He followed this by finishing sixth in a world class field in the 200m final at the1983 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki.

— Bimbo Ajayi