I’m in Ondo to produce stars – Toblow

Posted on Dec 26 2017 - 8:50pm by admin

Idris Adesina

Veteran athletics coach, Tobias Igwe, has said he accepted to  head the National Athletics Development Centre in Ondo State because of his desire to produce  more athletes for the country.

The ex-international, who is  popularly called Toblow, produced the likes of Mary Onyali, Fatima Yusuf  and the Ezenwa brothers for the country.

The Ondo State Government last week named six communities to host the South-West NADC and announced Igwe, as the head of the coaching personnel at the centre.

The state named Ogbagi Akoko, Emure-Ile, Oba-Ile, Idanre, Igbotako and Igbokoda as the host communities for the centre.

Toblow, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said he was happy to have been chosen  for the job by Ondo State.

“I am excited to be back in the reckoning after a long while out of the sport,” he said.

“Coaching athletes is what I love doing and I was very happy when they called on me to do this work. I accepted because I know that there are more gold medallists in the region waiting to be discovered and this project will give me the opportunity to do that once again.

“While I was out I kept myself updated as much as I could do with the latest happenings in the sport. I hope to use my knowledge to raise these athletes and help them to achieve their dreams and goals.”

Toblow said the country would do well at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia if the AFN could  keep the athletes busy.

He said, “At the Commonwealth Games, Nigeria was feared by other countries. But  that  stopped when we stopped doing the right things.

“From 2018, we can dominate the Commonwealth Games  again if the athletes are encouraged  to train and better their personal bests.”

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