A former athletics coach and interpreter to Team Nigeria at the just concluded All Africa Games, Timothy Akinrodoye has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a professional as Sports Minister in a bid to sustain the gains of Nigeria’s exploits in Congo.
Akinrodoye, who was accessing the outcome of the African Games, commended the efforts of the Nigerian athletes and the leadership of the National Sports Commission to ensure that Nigeria finished second at the medals table of the commemorative games.
Akinrodoye, a retired comptroller in the Nigeria Immigration Service, added: “First and foremost, we owe every appreciation to the government of the country for extending all the support to the Team Nigeria.
“Especially for the confidence they have on the leadership of the National Sports Commission, led by Alhassan Yakmut. My happiness is that the Yakmut-led NSC did not disappoint the country in the games.
“He really motivated the athletes and was able to convince all that he is capable of the job, and a thorough bred technocrat. One thing that really impressed me most was that two months to the Games, he introduced Basic French Language to all the athletes before their departure for the games. This really paid off, as many of them were able to communicate effectively at the Games. This has never happened in Nigeria sports.
“In fact, I am of the opinion that the appointment of Yakmut is a round peg in a round hole, and if such appointments are made in the various sectors of the economy, Nigeria would soon attain its greatness among the comity of nations.”
On the quality of sports minister needed to steer the affairs of the sports commission, Akinrodoye enjoined the President to ensure that anyone that would be appointed as the minister of sports should be someone who would key into the good foundation that has been laid at the Commission to ensure that Nigerian athletes perform excellently well at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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