By Ben Efe
Nigeria Olympians Association president, Henry Amike has advised Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials not to ignore up and coming hurdler Ameachi Morton.
Amike who is still holding the national 400m hurdles record, a 48.10 he established in 1987 stated that Morton has potentials to win a medal for Nigeria at the London 2012 Olympics. He also tipped the USA based Morton as the Nigerian that can break his long standing record.
The young Morton represented Nigeria at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Last year he served the AFN notice that he would no longer be interested in Nigeria rather, he would honor the USA where he was born with his athletics prowess. His request for a transfer certificate is still been withheld by the AFN.
“Morton is the only Nigeria for now who is capable of lowering that record. He has the capacity to run a 47 seconds and even by now I thought he should have done it.
“He had problems with the AFN and this was because in Nigeria we do things differently. In America where he is born everything is done in a clean and honest way, it is not like here when we say ten and then that ten becomes one.
“But I don’t think we should ignore the young chap. Personally I would talk to him and try to see if he can rescind his decision,” Amike said.
Morton and other USA based Nigerian athletes visiting Nigeria for the very first time were given a douse of Nigeria sports disorganization in 2009 when they were moved from hotel to hotel because the AFN couldn’t settle the bills. Besides these athletes had problems with their air ticket refunds, some of their parents had to step in to rescue their kids. This was the reason Morton pulled the plug on Nigeria.