Assistant national cycling coach, Miebakka Aggo has advocated a situation in which Nigerians pay more attention to the organisation of cycling events, in order to engender better growth for the sport in the country.
Aggo, who led the team that represented Nigeria at the 2017 African Continental Cycling Championship in Egypt, blamed a lack of planning for the country’s poor showing at the tournament.
South Africa won the competition while Eritrea and Egypt finished second and third, as Jacinta Okorie won a bronze, Nigeria’s only medal, in the junior girls’ individual time trial event, which covered 15km.
Aggo said the country needed to develop the sport at the grassroots and urged Nigerians to take the sport with a lot of seriousness.
He said: “Going for the competition in Egypt, we had some good bicycles to train with. These bicycles were mostly donated to the team by some private organisations but other countries had better equipment than we had.
“Our cyclists too are getting older and as a result they are not able to produce the same results as they were doing a few years ago.
“Nigeria will continue to struggle in cycling until we have the required resources and investment in the sport. Our aim should not be to catch up with the South Africans and the Eritreans.
“We should be aiming to be like the best cycling countries like Australia, Britain and others. The top countries are succeeding because they place high priority on the sport unlike Nigeria.