A workshop for club officials in the Nigeria National League (NNL) would soon be organised to improve the league, the NNL board chairman said on Saturday in Abuja.
The board chairman, Chief Emeka Inyama, told newsmen in an interview that the workshop would be targeted at improving the officials’ administrative skills.
“Since our board came in late last month, we have identified the need to improve the state of the competition, and in doing this we discovered that we have to be operating on the same level with our club officials.
“This is because they are the frontline men in our quest to chart a new course for the competition, since they deal directly with the players and fans, as well as other stakeholders in the league.
“The workshop will deal with all issues militating against the league, and the club officials will share experiences which we will all use in charting a way forward for the competition,’’ he said.
Inyama, also a member of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board by virtue of his headship of the NNL board, said capacity-building was essential for the league’s improvement.
“It is very essential that this is done regularly, because it is the key to making the league as highly competitive as it needs to be, and there will also be seminars for coaches and players too as time goes on,’’ he said.
Tidesports source reports that the NNL is the second tier of the Nigerian league, a step below the Premier League, with 32 clubs grouped into two.
Inyama whose board was elected on Jan. 29 in Abuja for a three-year tenure said the board has marshalled out plans to ensure success in its quest.
“We have highlighted all we need to do into immediate, medium and long-term plans, and we will be tackling issues as they come.
“However, we are going to immediately tackle the task of ensuring that we make the league attractive by engendering stiffer competition, giving it more media coverage, improving officiating and funding,’’ he said.
The chairman of Umuahia-based Abia Warriors Football club said his league board was already planning to make it compulsory for the participating clubs to have verifiable addresses.
“We are going to make it compulsory for all our clubs to have verifiable addresses and identifiable offices, where they can be contacted at all times.
“All of them will also be encouraged to have websites and e-mail addresses for ease of communication as well as good information flow. All this is to assist in making the league more prominent,’’ he said.
Inyama stressed the need for the league to get more prominence for it to attract more spectators and sponsors.
“Just as we have plans to raise the bars of officiating in the league and re-creating the league’s identity, we also need to make the competition and its clubs attractive to marketers.
“By creating awareness in and about the league, spectators will increase and there will be more sponsors, and this can be done with the help of marketers,’’ he said.
Tokyo 2020: Naomi Osaka Beats China’s Saisai In Straight Sets
Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns a shot to China’s Zheng Saisai, during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s singles, first round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo .
Japan’s Naomi Osaka won in straight sets on her highly-anticipated return to court at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday, while world number one Ashleigh Barty crashed out in the first round.
Osaka, the star of the opening ceremony, defeated China’s Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in her first match since taking an eight-week break for mental health reasons.
“I feel like more than anything I’m just focused on playing tennis. Playing the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” said Osaka, chosen as the first tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday.
“I feel like the break that I took was very needed, but I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again.”
The Australian Open champion had not played since May, when she walked out of Roland Garros, saying that media commitments were harming her mental health.
Osaka showed few signs of rust as she reeled off the opening five games on the Ariake Coliseum centre court, which likely would have been packed to capacity if not for a spectator ban because of coronavirus restrictions.
The second seed broke the 52nd-ranked Zheng for a 2-1 lead in the second set and closed out an 87-minute victory on her third match point.
The 23-year-old Osaka is attempting to become Japan’s first Olympic tennis champion. She will play Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic in the last 32.
Insurance FC Records Second NNL Win On Return
Bendel Insurance recorded their second win in a row since returning to the second tier of Nigeria National League with a 1-0 win over Abia Comets on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
Defender Tanimu Benjamin scored the only goal of the encounter in the 26th minute to hand the hosts the maximum points.
Both results have brightened their chances of qualifying for the Super 8.
According to Tidesports source, the Edo State Government in June withdrew the team from the competition after several of their players were injured by home fans during their game against Remo Stars in Ikenne, Ogun State.
On their return, Insurance pulled off an away win over Holy Arrows in Enugu before the win at the weekend
“I am happy with the goal and the overall performance from the boys. Our aim is to return to the topflight and we are working hard to achieve it,” goal scorer Benjamin, who was injured in the violence at Ikenne, said
Karagumruk To Pay Musa N1bn Annually
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa was on Thursday unveiled by Turkish Lig 1 side, Fatih Karagumruk, having signed the winger on a two-year deal with an option to extend the deal for another year.
Tidesports source gathered that the financial details of the deal were undisclosed by both club and player, Musa will earn about$2.5million (N1.02billion) annually with a weekly pay of $40,000, with bonuses.
Karagumruk were promoted to the Turkish topflight in the 2019/2020 campaign, ending a 35-year wait for a return to the Super Lig and want to remain there, thus, the acquisition of star players like Musa.
“It’s a good deal no doubt, the club wanted Musa because of his wealth of experience, having played at the World Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Since they were promoted to the topflight two seasons ago, their major aim is to remain in the Turkish topflight and also win games against the big sides like Galatasary, Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor and they believe Musa can help them achieve their goals. That’s why they signed him for $2.5million annual salary, besides bonuses and allowances,” a close friend of Musa said.
It was also reliably learnt that there were financial incentives for Musa, if the club qualified for European competitions, and if he ended up as their highest scorer at the end of the season.
Musa, in an interview with newsmen said Karagumruk’s ambition was a major reason he joined them.
“I was very impressed with the team’s philosophy, style of play and it’s clearly an ambitious club.
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