The list of officials and players expected to resume camp ahead of the 12th African Games has divided coaches and the Athlectics Federation of Nigeria.
While the coaches faulted some of the officials listed as coaches, the AFN said all those on the list were “capable”.
In a copy of the list obtained by our correspondent, 47 athletes and 12 coaches were invited to camp in Kaduna in preparation for the African Games, expected to hold from 19 to 31 August in Rabat, Morocco.
However, there are disagreements over the naming of four board members of the AFN as part of the coaches.
Those shortlisted among the board members are Sunday Adeleye, Patrick Estate, Brown Ebewele and Gabriel Okon.
While faulting the list, President of Track and Field Coaches Association of Nigeria, Godwin Ogogo, said his colleagues were “angry” over the selection of some of the board members.
When asked what the position of the coaches is, he said, “We are angry over the list. What they (AFN) did is rubbish. It’s wrong. The coaches who are supposed to be called were not called; those who are not supposed to be invited are on the list.
“How will people be standing in and they are not practising coaches? Why will they be drafting such list without the coaches knowing what is happening?
“Some of them (board members) have not coached for years. I disagree with names of some officials invited as coaches. They did the same thing during the Commonwealth Games and they are doing it again. We should stop picking people who don’t know the rudiments of coaching as coaches.”
Adeleye, who doubles as the Technical Director of AFN, disagreed with the position of the coaches.
He explained that all those invited by AFN have “specific roles to play and are qualified.”
While reacting to the complaints of the coaches, he said, “As a federation, those that we selected are to function in different capacities. I am the Technical Director, Ebewele and Okon are coaches. Estate is our psychologist and also has coaching experience. How can we go to such a competition without a psychologist? There is no provision for TD and psychologist in the African Games, Olympic and Commonwealth Games. They have to go as coaches.
“We cannot keep about 50 athletes in camp without a coach. Or do we go and pay others while we have someone that can do that in-house for us? We cannot afford that.”
As contained in the list, Adeleye is the 400m hurdles coach, Estate will take charge of the throws alongside Gabriel Opuana and Chris Ameh.
Two other board members Ebewele and Okon will coordinate the relays and the 400m respectively.