By John Egbokhan
Former Davis Cup great, Sadiq Abdullahi, has discussed with the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Sani Ndanusa, on ways to implement the governmentâ€™s grassroots sports developmental plans and came out of the encounter, convinced that if properly executed, that Nigeria would reclaim its lost glory in sports.
Abdullahi, an Adjunct Professor of Sports Development and Education at Florida International University, is one the resource and results oriented persons, being lined up to achieve governmentâ€™s plans and after chatting with Ndanusa, the former top 200 singles player, said that he would return to the country in November, when he hopes to start working for the actualisation of the set out targets.
â€œThe meeting with the Minister was very productive, deep and comprehensive, uncompromising and a strong and unwavering determination towards the actualisation of the vision to develop our sports from the grassroots and school sports system. I am convinced that we are absolutely on the right path because the Minister has vision for sports, not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa.
â€œHe has my personal endorsement because he has very clear thoughts and plans on what needs to be done to get us back on the right track. I have resolved with him to come back in November to start organising things, to let them know that I am fully engaged in sports development.
â€œThe Minister had assured me that I would be part of the community development, school sports restructuring and that he is pushing for the repositioning of the NSC and wants the federal government to be closer to the states and local governments in sports development and all these plans are achievable if we have the right capacity and sincere people to execute themâ€, Abdullahi, who is to collaborate with other renowned former Nigerian stars, who are mostly living in the United States of America.
â€œMy colleagues in the diaspora would be very glad to be involved in the development of sports back home and I am personally delighted and honoured to be accorded this great reception by the nation after about 20 years of staying overseas and I vow to do my best for my countryâ€, he said, before returning to his base in the USA.