With some giant strides made since taking charge, President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi has admitted that the federation would not be carried away by the little success recorded in this dispensation.
Oshodi, who is a member of the Nomination Committee of International Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) said there are still more ground to possess in the sport, as the feat achieved by Aruna Quadri as well as the bronze medal won at the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland would not make the NTTF to be complacent.
“Definitely we are not satisfied with what we have achieved and this is where a lot of people get it wrong. We are still living on past glory because our current generation of players has not done much. Aruna Quadri’s achievement last year and our team medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games are now history. We need to move on from that as our next major test as a nation is at the Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
We need to fight hard for the seven gold medals at stake. If we can take all seven golds as we used to do many years past that might satisfy my hunger for success for a short period. There are still so many mountains to climb and we are currently at the peak of a small hill. We must in the nearest future aim to be number one in Africa and the Commonwealth as well as a top ten nation in the world. It is achievable but we must set about doing our work properly both players and officials,” Oshodi said.
The NTTF boss described fund as a major hiccup faced by the federation, saying most of their programmes have been hampered by paucity of fund.
He added: “For me I see that we have major problems in two critical areas and this includes inadequate funding, indiscipline and lack of commitment on the part of some of our players.
We need money to fund our programmes, training, equipment, kitting and attending to the needs of the players, participating in tournaments abroad are some of the areas