By Ben Efe
Nigeria’s participation in the second African Athletics Youth Championships has been rescued by an anonymous Kenyan who booked airline tickets for the team to travel last night to Mauritius.
On Tuesday, the team made up of 12 athletes were unable to travel as the National Sports Commission failed to released funds. Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo told the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to beg or borrow for the team to travel. It was gathered that the AFN president, Solomon Ogba who is outside the country, phoned an acquittance in Nairobi who swiftly arranged for the tickets.
“It was someone from Kenya that saved the day for our athletes. They left last night with the hope of meeting the rest of the championships,” said a member of the AFN yesterday.
Competitions will start this morning and the Nigerian sprinters will certainly miss the 100m and 400m. However, AFN officials are optimistic about their chances of finishing in the top three of the medal table. This is even as they expect the organisers to delay the start, to accommodate their late arrival.
“We are glad that our athletes will be represented after all. Hopefully, we should be able to meet up as the technical director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama wrote to the organisers concerning our late arrival,”added the AFN official.