5th December, 2011
A Nigerian athlete, Godday James, has canvassed for the appointment of a former sprinter, Innocent Egbunike, as the Head Coach of the countryâ€™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 â€˜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 yearâ€™s Olympics.
â€œEgbunike 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.
â€œHe has done it for Qatar and he can do it for Nigeria as well, if he is given the opportunity,â€ 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.
â€” Bimbo Ajayi