Okey Emuchay

Okey Emuchay, the Consul-General of the Nigeria High Commission in South Africa has advocated a return to the grassroots in redeveloping the country?s sports sector. He said that the neglect of sports at the grassroots had brought `untold setbacks? to the development of sports in the country.

Emuchay said this during a courtesy call on him by members of Nigeria Football and Other Sports Supporters Club, led by its President-General, Dr Rafiu Oladipo on Monday in Johannesburg.

Supporters from various parts of the world, mainly from Nigeria are in South Africa to cheer the Super Eagles to victory at the ongoing Nations cup.

Emuchay said that some schools in the country were teaching sports on blackboards, rather than on the field of play because many of the schools lacked sports grounds.

“Sport is physical, so I wonder how a talented athlete can be developed through blackboard coaching in the classrooms,?? he said.

?Some talented athletes who were made at home or abroad were discovered through soccer academies and schools? sports and Nigeria needs to revive its school sports base,? he said, adding that the country had many talented athletes at the grassroots but without planning, the talents would continue to rot away.

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