Renowned American athletics coach, Ken Gibson has tipped Nigeria to become a major force in world athletics, if only the country can get its acts together.
Gibson was in Nigeria to conduct a coaching clinicÂ for coaches and teachers in Cross Rivers State.
â€œNigeria has a world of potentials. All they need is someone to pull everything together.
â€œRecent years have not been what Nigeria used to be in terms of track and field. You go around the country and see thousands and thousands of people.
â€œYou look at a country like Jamaica being able to do what they did, why canâ€™t Nigeria, with the population they have, with some effort approach that?â€ Gibson wondered.
He noted that with the likes of coach Lee Evans, a former Olympics 400m champion working in Nigeria, the country stands to benefit. â€œLee Evans is working with athletes and trying to locate some more. Nigeria is a big country and should be able to produce quality athletes,â€ said Gibson.He added that there is too much of soccer in Nigeria and this was harmful to the development of athletics.