16 December 2012

Nigeria: Suraju Dedicates Volleyball Gold to Commissioner

Lagos male volleyball coach, Suraju Onatuga has dedicated the volleyball gold he won to the Lagos state commissioner for sports, Enitan Oshodi for believing in him when others rejected him.

The former national team coach who won gold for Lagos state both as a player and a coach, revealed to Sunday Vanguard sports how some staff of the Lagos state sports council ganged up against him when he was seconded to help the state's team prepare for the 18th National Sports Festival.

He said but the commissioner who knew his worth, stood his ground when he was told to send him away because he had retired from the sports council.

"When I returned after my coaching job in the United States following the terrible accident that almost took my life, God used Oshodi to bring me back to life. Enemies of progress wanted me out, but the commissioner stood his ground and ordered that I should be allowed to handle the male and female teams, to the festival because of my past experience.

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