By Solomon Nwoke
THE newly elected President of the Nigeria Amateur Wrestling Federation (NAWF), Dr Daniel Igali has described his victory in Tuesday’s sports federations’ election as a victory for wrestling.
Dr Igali who was, until his election two days ago, the Technical Adviser of the Wrestling Federation defeated the incumbent, Chief Austin Edeze by 7-3 polls.
Appraising the conduct of the election, he said it was free and fair as he expressed gratitude to his former boss in the federation, Chief Edeze, other board members and the entire wrestling family.
He said, “the elections were very peaceful. The former president of the wrestling federation, Chief Edeze was the first to congratulate me. I am glad because there was no rancour or bad blood. I am confident that we will work together to achieve the goals we have set for wrestling in the next four years.
“It is a victory for wrestling. I will merely continue from where chief Edeze stopped. The board has already agreed in principle that chief Edeze will remain a patron of the Nigeria Wrestling federation.”
He will Also be an honorary president. Most people have asked why I contested against him. I never contested against Chief Edeze. it just so happened that we both contested for the position of the vacant Nigeria Wrestling Federation presidency. I will have a lot to learn and tap from his wealth of experience.”
Continuing, Igali said, “obviously our biggest concern has to do with sponsors. With the new directive given by the Sports Minister, I suspect the only federations that will be viable and progressive are the ones with ingenious marketing strategies. We need to ensure that there is a sizable endowment by the end of this year so we can go ahead with some of our identified programs.”