Coach Chukwuka advocates enduring programmes for sustainable development
Golf would only grow in Nigeria if all stakeholders and enthusiasts institute and ensure the development of enduring programmes across the country, coach Nnamdi Chukwuka has said.
The Lagos-based coach, who debunked the belief in some quarters that the sport is only for the elite, said building a golf culture among the youth would accelerate the development of the game, lamenting that the few grassroots events in the country have not promoted the sport adequately.
He said creating enduring programmes across the country would not only make the sport accessible to everyone, but also create global opportunities for Nigerian youths.
According to Chukwuka, “Golfing in Nigeria has suffered lack of control and organisation even with the presence of the Nigerian Golf Federation.
“The federation is yet to find its feet to create valid platforms that can sustain the sport as well as outlive the incumbent federation’s leadership.
“In other parts of the world, grassroots golfers are given all the support needed to become pros because amateur golf is far more controlled to motivate youngsters.
“If we don’t proffer solutions, these problems will be persistent in golf, especially in Nigeria where the elite have control over the federation.’’
He pleaded with privileged Nigerians to help the underprivileged youths develop their golfing talents, lamenting, however, “Elites in the sport in the country most times do not allow new breeds to have access to the sport. This deprives them the opportunities that come along with it.
“The few golf programmes started four years ago, which concentrated on grooming green horns, have produced graduates that play in foreign tournaments. But these people are still young and far removed from the elite class.’ ’