Lagos - Innocent Egbunike, Head Coach of the National Athletic team, on Friday called on athletes to take the issue of education seriously.
Egbunike made the call ahead of the 2012 London Games.
He said that it was mandatory for athletes to be educated because they would eventually fall back to their certificates at the end of their active sporting careers.
Education is very important. Today’s athletes unfortunately a lot of them are not in schools. So, we need to get them to back in school.
``In my time, we went to school and we competed within the U.S universities and came back here to do our Nigeria international competitions.
``So we need to get our athletes going back to school and competing. Knowledge is power. Education is the key.
``So, we need to get them to understand that the only way to life after sports is education. As I am seating here, I have my masters' degree.’’
Egbunike stressed the need to get back to the grassroots to scout for more talents, saying everything would work well as planned if we get it right.
``We need to go to the roots to start everything and when we go to the roots everything moves forward.
``The root is going back to where it all started for the likes of me and being able to develop character. ’’