7th December, 2012
Michael Oyebode, Coach of Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSTTA), has urged state associations to involve the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) in the signing of contracts with their players.
Oyebode said that such would help to check any form of dual registration of players for the Sports Festival, since the NTTF has detailed information on where athletes were officially registered.
“The NTTF should be aware of the signing of players’ contracts or employment in the states. This is to avoid double registration because it is deceitful,’’ he said.
He expressed disappointment that Fatima Bello of Lagos State, who was guilty of double registration at the Games was banned for three years.
“I feel so bad because Bello is an upcoming talent with great potential, but she missed it due to ignorance so I am like somebody who lost a gold.
“Besides, if due protocol was observed, Delta and the NTTF would have prevented the ugly situation from the onset,’’ Oyebode added.
According to him, Bello, who was born in 1997 was under-aged, to have been employed by Delta. Oyebode said she misbehaved as she was privileged to enjoy numerous benefits from the Lagos State Government.
“Lagos State is really doing well for its athletes The team even went on a training tour to China and Bello was part of the contingent,’’ he added.
The coach advised athletes not to jeopardise their futures or allow themselves to be used by some states to win at all costs, but should rather be patient and remain focused.