KARACHI: A Nigerian coach has shown interest in training Pakistan’s athletes for the Commonwealth Games, ‘The International News’ has reliably learnt.
“We need two foreign coaches for javelin and 400m“We have contacted a Nigerian 400m coach. His demand is 8000 dollars which is too high as Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) will only give 2500 dollars,” a senior official of Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) told ‘The International News’ on Sunday.
“But the important thing is that the Nigerian has offered us that he will work with our athletes for Commonwealth Games without charge and if he lives up to the expectations then he may be hired by Pakistan,” the AFP official said.
The official said that it would be good for Pakistan if the Nigerian came ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4 to 15.“I would like to meet Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) as the offer is not bad. If we find him good then he will be hired. The PSB will pay some amount and we will try to manage the rest. We direly need 400m and javelin throw coaches as we have athletes who can click in international arena,” the official added.
About the standard of the athletes in the 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Inter-Provincial Games held in Islamabad recently, the official said he himself witnessed some competitions and did not find any gutsy athlete. “I did not find any striking player,” the official said.
Pakistan’s men’s relay side showed superb performance in 2017, winning the silver medal at the Baku Islamic Games. In the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Pakistan secured the gold medal.
Javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem can pull off surprises in Asian Games if he is prepared under a foreign coach. Arshad achieved the world’s third rank in early 2016 when he finished with a bronze medal in the South Asian Games hosted in Indian cities of Guwahati and Shillong.Arshad, whose throw stats are over 78, was sent to Mauritius for six months training early last year, but he returned after spending just a few days due to home sickness.Besides Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Pakistan also plans to feature in some other international assignments in the coming few months.