Following Nigeria’s successful outing at the African Junior championships, which ended last week in Mauritius, the president of the Confederation African Athletics (CAA), Kalkaba Maboum, has predicted a change in fortune for the country’s athletics in the near future.
Speaking after the event, Maboum, regarded Nigeria’s presence in the continent as a top athletics nation, stressing his heartfelt joy on their reemergence as a formidable force on the junior stage. “I am glad that Nigerian athletics is coming up again,” the Cameroonian-born boss said. “The country has potentials and I have always seen them as a leading athletics country in Africa and the world.” Nigeria eclipsed a stiff competition from South Africa to top the medals table. The president further stressed that Nigeria should build on their performance by helping the junior athletes grow so the country can return to its peak in continental and world athletics at large. He praised the hosts of the championships for finishing off the job despite beign notified of their hosting right belatedly. “I interacted with the youth and they expressed delight with organization of the championships. They had only two months to prepare and we are extremely satisfied with their (the hosts) conduct,” Maboum added.