By Izuchukwu Okosi
Former Nigeria queen of the tracks,Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, has declared her interest to run for the office of the
Vice President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The former Olympian was guest of late Thursday night programme, Sports Parliament, on Nigeria Television Authority
(NTA) anchored by former Green Eagles star Segun Odegbami and a panel that included the Group Managing Director of
Complete Communications Limited, Alhaji Mumini Alao; former Nigerian star athlete, Enefiok Udobong and sports media
guru, Godwin Dudu Orumen.
“Thank God the minister of sports, Solomon Dalung and the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) have come together and
opened the door for a level-playing ground which is democratic and straight to the point,” Onyali told the
“If you are passionate, if you think you can do better than the man or woman before you, and you want to take up
the position, show us your manifesto so that we can hold you accountable. Its no longer a Federal or State
“I’ve been yearning for this for years. Our fellow ex internationals and administrators have been calling on us to
to get in there. You too (referring to Udobong) can also come on board. When I get in there and don’t perform then
you can hold me accountable, but at least give us a chance,” Onyali stressed.
Onyali was in Nigria’s 4×100 relay team that won bronze at the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games in a time of 42.81 and
won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada in a time of 42.99.
The 49-year-old described the feeling when she looked at the clock and reflected on that relay team she was part of
which also included Beatrice Utondu, Faith Idehen and Christy Opara-Thompson.
“Victory is victory. It’s sweet whether you represented Nigeria, China or wherever. Once you win, you can’t contain
the adrenalin in your system. I didn’t even know I did most of those things, but whenever I see that clip (shown
during the programme), I see something new,” Onyali Omagbemi who once floated a sports kits outfit, Yali-Yali
Group Managing Director of Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports, Alhaji Alao in his
closing remark noted:
“I’m glad Mary said “when” she gets in there. That suggests to me that she is confident of winning and I’m excited
about that,” Alao stated.
“Enee (Udobong) knows he has my support too (to run in any position). Those who wear the shoe know where it pinches.
I’m waiting for the ex internationals who want to get into management.
“I hoped Mary will go into coaching, but maybe we’ll start seeing the changes in the federation when she goes into