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Former AFN Technical Director, Nesiama, gets appointed referee for the 13th All-Africa Games Athletics

Posted : 26 February 2024

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) has announced the appointment of former AFN Technical Director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (retired), as referee for the athletic events of the All-Africa Games.


The 13th All Africa Games will be held in Accra from March 18th to 22nd, 2024. Commodore Nesiama, before his appointment, is among the highest-ranking technical officials in the continent, having attained the enviable World Athletics Silver level status and thereafter being appointed to the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) Technical Officials Panel in 2017.


The former AFN Technical Director was also appointed to train the Ghanaian Technical Officials in preparation for the All-Africa Games. Commodore Nesiama has proved his mettle as a technical official of repute at a couple of continental competitions, which include the Africa U-18, U-20, and the Senior Athletics Championship, at different times. He was the competition director for the first ever Africa Youth Championships (U-18) held in 2013 at Warri, Nigeria.


Nesiama is on record to be the first Nigerian to have passed the qualifying examination to be licenced as a World Athletics Athletes' Representative since it was introduced in 2011. He is a World Atletics-certified technical officials' lecturer and has been a member of the CAA Technical and Competitions Commission since 2014. Commodore Nesiama, in an exclusive interview, said his appointment was well deserved and that he was excited about the new position.


''I am happy about the recognition and nomination by CAA, and the call will further spur me to serve the country better.


]''I will do my best to ensure discharging my duties in the areas I am assigned to and attract more accolades to the pride of Nigeria as his country.


''My appointment, I believe, will inspire more athletic lovers to take up technical officiating, '' he said.


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