Nigeria's Olusoji A. Fasuba competes in the men's 60 metres semi-final at the 12th IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championship in Valencia March 7, 2008.     REUTERS/Heino Kalis (SPAIN)

Fasuba Blasts AFN Over ‘Imported’ Americans

By Dare Esan In Beijing:

African 100m record holder, Olusoji Fasuba, is sad Nigeria did not register any presence in the men’s blue ribband final won by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt on Sunday.
Fasuba won three consecutive 100m gold medals at the African Championships in Athletics to become the first man in the championships’ history to do so and sadly, the last Nigerian to win the title since 2008.
Fasuba took to his Facebook wall to express his disappointment over the inability of Solomon Ogba and his zombie board members to chart a way foward for Nigeria.
He is particularly worried about the ‘dashing’ away of Nigerian passports to any American no matter how good they are or their ages.
“Where are our so called ‘bought nationallised 100m Nigerian sprinters,” he asked and queried why the AFN should embark on the recruitment drive, as it were, and alleged a complicity of sorts by the National Sports Commission who has turned the other eye to it.
“Were they bought (to run) in only the Commonwealth Games and the National Sports Festival? An investment like this should be competing at the highest stage of track and field,” he further wrote and revealed what must have informed the mad rush for foreigners to don Nigeria’s green and white.
“The problem with the federation is that they want quick results. Instead of addressing the problem from the bottom, they have decided to look for ready made athletes,” he concluded.
Fasuba made it to the 100m final of the IAAF worlds in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, placing fourth, Nigeria’s best position in the event.

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