We won the Nations Cup before Super Eagles, says AFN

| February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Plans big for Pastor Olukoya U-18 Athletics

THE leadership of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has showered praises on the Super Eagles for ‘following its footstep’ by winning the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup.

But the AFN has reminded Nigerians still celebrating the Eagles’ feat that it opened the floodgate of success for other Nigeria last year when it emerged champions at the 18th edition of the Confederation of African Athletics Championship in Porto Novo, Benin Republic.

The Solomon Ogba-led AFN broke a 13-year jinx to top South Africa and Kenya at the Porto Novo meet, a title Nigeria last won in 1998 in Dakar, Senegal.

Speaking in Lagos at the weekend on preparation for this year’s Pastor D.K Olukoya U-18 Athletics Championship, Ogba said the Eagles’ success in the Nations Cup would open a new chapter in Nigeria’s sports, but added, “we were the first to blaze the trail last year by winning the African Athletics Championship, which is the athletics version of the football Nations Cup.

“Nigeria won the Athletics title last in 1998 in Dakar and we were able to break that jinx in Porto Novo last year. This year, the Super Eagles broke a 19-year old jinx to lift the football title in South Africa and we are very happy.  But when we won our title in Porto Novo in July last year, nobody commended us, but we have to congratulate ourselves.

“If we get the type of money given to football, Nigeria will continue to dominate African athletics. At the moment, Nigeria has five athletes among the top 30 in the World and that is another big achievement for the AFN and the country.”

On preparation for this year’s edition of Pastor D.K Olukoya U-18 championships slated for Yaba College of Technology from March 6 to 9, 2013, Ogba said the federation has put all machineries in place to make the event a huge success.







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