A former Head Coach of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tobias Igwe has appealed to sports authorities to always support athletes for good results.
Igwe made the appeal when he spoke on the physically challenged athletes’ performance at the Paralympic Games in London. He spoke in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
“These Paralympic athletes have really come out to prove a point and I hope that our sports administrators can now see the need to develop all sports.
“Sports administrators have the power to make a positive change, which will be beneficial to all of us, if the right things are put in place.
“It is unfortunate that at the moment sports are at the lowest ebb in this country,’’ he stated.
Igwe also advised sports administrators to consider coaches who have important input to make toward the development of athletes and sports in general.
“Administrators should be on the lookout for quality coaches who are ready to go to the grassroots to search for talents that are ready to give their all.
“But one problem again is that we don’t know how to manage our resources.
“Take for instance, I discovered the likes of Mary Onyali and the Ezinwa brothers, but I have been underutilised due to favoritism and they often lay off the good ones,’’ he said.
The junior athletes coach also pleaded with the Abia State Government to reinstate him as their employee and pay his outstanding salary.
“I want to appeal to the Abia State Government to come to my aide.
“October this year will make it a year since I was disengaged with no compensation. I want my reward while am alive,’’ he pleaded.