The uproar has just begun as the National Sports Commission decided to appoint two foreigners as directors to their yet to be ready high performance center. Angie Taylor and Eric Campbell were both unveiled last week in Abuja. Angie with a very modest athletics career where post college all she can boast of is being in the finals of the US trials in heptathlon is to oversee five sports, athletics, weight lifting, wrestling, boxing and taekwondo in the high performance center. While Eric Campbell who has a near zero history as a track athlete is to over see athletics.
This is sad that the Ministry is just going for foreign personnel to take the jobs that people at home can do. The coaches at home are uneasy and angry, and the thinking now is that since nobody is good enough for Nigeria, we may as well get a foreign Minister.
Our history of going foreign are legendary, even when we have the materials at home. Stephen Keshi is fighting the NFF almost on a daily basis. Even till today, there is still talk of bringing in a foreign technical adviser for the Super Eagles. It beats me funny when I hear that Angie Taylor will oversee wrestling….When we have Olympic Gold medalist, commenwealth Gold medalist and World wrestling Hall of fame awardee Daniel Igali on our shores. Who is Eric Campbell. He has no record as an athlete of repute and has a level 2 USTAF coaching certificate. We have many of those in Nigeria (its equivalent to IAAF level 3). We even have level 5 coaches in Nigeria, we have young bright coaches that have been reccommended by the IAAF for level four and five so it is shameful that we spend millions bringing in foreign “coaches.”
Trust me, I will be bringing you all their credentials and the feelings from our coaches…I was actually a training partner to Eric Campbell’s brother Milton Campbell. He was a very accomplished athlete internationally, especially indoors in the 400m.