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Bako Deplores Poor Performances At Badminton Championships

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Former National Badminton Coach, Mohammed Bako, has decried the poor performance of the country’s contingent at the recent International Moroccan Championships/11th All Africa Senior Badminton Championships in Morocco.

The 10-man contingent comprising five males and five females won 1 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze at the competitions.

Bako, who is the head coach of the FCT Badminton Association, told newsmen in Lagos that the solution to the country’s dismal performance in international competitions was early preparation.

The coach advised for early preparation in order for the country to excel at the forthcoming All Africa Games scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique and other International competitions.

“We should learn to do things early and stop using the fire brigade approach; if we plan early, it would improve our chances at the All Africa Games,” Bako said.

The All Africa Games is scheduled for September in Mozambique.

He also flayed the practice of sending only one coach to accompany several athletes to a competition.

“There should be more than one coach during competitions because they need to read and analyse players in order to instruct them, especially if we have more than a player on the court,” he said.

Bako also said that for Nigeria to regain its glory, the badminton federation must work hard to prepare the athletes to beat the current champion, South Africa.

“For South Africa to have won almost all the gold medals at the competition, our ranking has dropped in Africa and this is cause for alarm.”

“We need to work hard and also re-introduce the game to the schools to develop and popularise it,” he said.

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Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions

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FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.

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Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses  – Aikhomogbe

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Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.

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Enyimba Players Vow To Support  Finidi

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Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble  gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.

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