Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical and performance director, Omasteye Nesiama has stated that the performances of the Nigerian relays teams at the Mt Sac and Penn Relays in the USA, was heart-warming, but there was still room for improvement.
Navy Commodore Nesiama was speaking against the background of preparations for the IAAF World Relays May 24-25 in Nassau, Bahamas. The Nigerian women 4x400m quartet ran 3.27.16 the fourth fastest time of the season in Philadelphia and in the estimation of the the AFN technical director, the relay teams need to work harder to produce podium performances. Some top Nigerian athletes are already in Houston, Texas training.
“We expect them to do more because there is great competition out there. Their performances so far have been very encouraging, but we are working towards getting medals at the world relays.
“Not only the women, the men 4x100m are also doing well. Most especially the home-based, we are going to work on them and see that they improve on their current performances.
“At the world relays, all our teams are targeting the final. This is because, they need to qualify for the world championships,” said Commodore Nesiama.