Former African 400m champion, Innocent Egbunike is struggling to purge his mind of doubts about his appointment as head coach of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
Though he has agreed in principle to help revive Nigerian track and field, the idea of living full time in the country and help develop programmes that will produce young athletes is a prospect Egbunike is yet to come to terms with.
Egbunike who holds the national 400m record of 44.17 since 1987 was contracted by the National Sports Commission to help put Nigerian athletes in frame for the London 2012 Olympics. No doubt it would be a herculean task for Egbunike who has been called up on several occasions to render technical adviser to the Nigerian team.
“Egbunike is yet to give the AFN a clue how he intend to reposition athletics. Right now the whole thing is confusing, but I hope that we would see much of him around,” said a technical committee member of the AFN.
On his part AFN president, Solomon Ogba hinted that he was looking forward to see Egbunike coming home to chart a new course for athletics. He was optimistic that Nigeria can do well at next year’s Olympics, but it all depended on how much funding is given to the sport by the NSC.