INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can get more ‘Amusans’

Despite the harsh realities, challenges, and unfavourable conditions, many Nigerian coaches are going out of their way to continue to unearth talents for the country.

Rarely do many get a mention when the glory moments arrive, but they remain fulfilled seeing their hardwork flourishing into something they did not imagine.

For Coach Ayodele Solaja, popularly referred to as Buka T in athletics circles, his joy knows no bounds seeing one of his products, Amusan, become a world record holder and a world champion at the same time.

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Buka T relives the humble beginning of Oluwatobiloba Amusan in the ancient city of Ijebu Ode.

Sadly, the coach reveals how several other talents; some even ‘better’ than Amusan never made it to the world podium.


PT: Congratulations Coach! Are you heading to the Commonwealth Games to see your girl (Tobi Amusan)?

Buka T: No, I’m in the World Juniors camp in Asaba. We are preparing for the competition coming up in Colombia.

PT: So, how is the preparation going on with the youngsters?

Buka T: It’s going on well. We are in full gear, all things being equal.

PT: Do you see Nigeria matching up with the feat we made in Nairobi or even doing better than we did at the last World Juniors?

Buka T: I think because some countries didn’t attend Kenya under 20, this one might be a little bit tougher, with the Americans coming, but at the same time, we have good athletes that can…

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