Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba brought out the ‘Warri side’ of him, before Nigerian athletes could be given adequate accommodation here at the Africa Championships, which began yesterday in Port Novo, Benin Republic.
The Nigerian delegation arrived here only to find out that only six rooms have been made available for the 44 athletes representing Nigeria. The athletes lumbered around until 4.am on Tuesday before they could be fed and housed.
It took the intervention of the Benin Republic sports minister for Nigeria to be given adequate accommodation; this was after Ogba engaged the Local organizing Committee officials in a shouting match.
Even at that the AFN boss had to cough out 23, 000 dollars to make up for the accommodation shortfall.
“It was total chaos and if not for our quick thinking it would have been much worse. However, things have gotten better and our athletes are well rested and are ready to compete,” said AFN vice president Jide Josiah.