Ogunkoya confident emerging Nigerian sprinters will rule Africa


’Tosin Oluwalowo

Two-time 100m African champion, Seun Ogunkoya, says the present crop of the country’s sprinters can dominate the African scene.

The former Nigerian record holder said the present sprinters had talent, but lacked quality training.

“I was in Akure for the recently concluded All-Comers meet and I was surprised by the display of Enoch Adegoke, who won gold in 10.16s. This was a very fast time – a world lead time.  It shows that if these athletes are introduced to more training facilities, they will take the world by storm,” Ogunkoya said.

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Nigeria still has the best crop of sprinters across the world, just like (Divine) Oduduru, what he just needs is encouragement from the government.

“We have many of us who were champions in the past who are now coaches, me, Deji Aliu, Uchenna Emedolu and Endurance Ojokolo. If the sports ministry can just take 16 best male and female sprinters and allow us to take them into closed camping for a month or two, you will see the result, we will dominate Africa and even the world,” Ogunkoya told The PUNCH.

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