Lagos Appoints Mensah, Onanuga, As Coaches


Lagos State is set to engage the services of 82 coaches that will work with the 37 sports associations in the state.

The coaches will be on contract. Among them are  three renowned coaches; Joe Mensah for Boxing, Suraju Onanuga for Volleyball and Samson Egbeyemi for Badminton.

Others are four coaches for Athletics, two for Chess, two for Gymnastic, two for Cycling, one for Dart, two for Rowing and Yachting, three for Scrabble, two for Shooting, three for Swimming, two for Weightlifting, two for Squash, one for Badminton, five for Table Tennis and two for Tennis.

For combat sports, Boxing has three, Judo has two, Kickboxing has two, Kungfu has two, Wrestling has two, Karate has two, while Taekwondo also has two.

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In team sports, six tacticians will handle Football, three for Baseball and Softball, Cricket has three, Handball has three, Hockey has three, while Volleyball also has three. Deaf Athletics has one, while Paralympics Athletics has four, Para soccer has one, Powerlifting has one, Traditional Sports has nine coaches for Abula, Ayo, Dambe, Kokowa and Langa.

However, there are still opportunities for more coaches to handle Abula, Volleyball, Table Tennis and Karate.   According to the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Oshodi, the coaches are expected to assist the associations to develop grassroots sports especially in schools engagement of the coaches is part of the efforts to continue the success recorded at the last National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012, with the aim to do well at the 2014 edition.

“We believe these coaches will assist us to continue to train our athletes especially with our performance at Eko 2012. We believe that grooming these athletes before any major competitions will put them in good shape. Our focus is development and we hope that these coaches will also help us to unearth new athletes from our schools,” he said.

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