Former Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Dan Ngerem has backed incumbent Solomon Ogba for another term in office.

Ngerem who was at the helms of the AFN between 2001 and 2004 submitted that Ogba remains the best option for Nigerian athletics, but he listed some demands from the former Delta State commissioner for sports.

“Ogba has passion for the sport and he has demonstrated this in several ways. But I would like him to go further than he has done. He needs to take the sport to the next level and etch his name in history.

To achieve this, he must surround himself with people who have brilliant ideas. He should also be  active at the CAA and the IAAF, because there so many things Nigeria can benefit, if he is regularly in touch with those at the helm of affairs.

“Look at the timer they bought for the African Youth Championships, that was something the IAAF could have generously donated,” Ngerem stated.

Ogba has not made any public statement concerning his intention to run for another term as AFN president. However, he has been ‘oiling his guns’ to rerun for the position. He is the only visible candidate so far as nothing has been heard from Fidelis Gadzama, a former 400m runner, who declared his interest for the position.

Feelers from the Nigeria athletics circles indicated that Ogba is favourite to retain his position in the sporting federations elections slatted for later this month. This is even as critics like Moses Oyiki foresees a bleak future with Ogba at the helms.

“If not for Ogba, athletics would have died just like other lesser sports in Nigeria. He has spent his personal funds to keep the sport going. We need to have him for another term,” said Jide Josiah, a member of the AFN.

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