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Blatter Seeks African Support Over Election

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As uncertainty trails the FIFA presidential election scheduled for today in Zurich, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, has been seeking the backing of African nations to ensure that today’s FIFA presidential election goes ahead as planned.

English Football Association chairman David Bernstein has called for FIFA to postpone its vote scheduled for today.

Blatter is the only candidate running after Mohamed Bin Hammam’s withdrawal.

The FA needs the backing of 75% of the world’s 208 football associations for the motion to be approved.

Blatter addressed African delegates, who will be at today’s congress, at their hotel in Zurich yesterday morning.

It appeared to be a pre-emptive strike at those seeking a postponement as he sought the African support to ensure the polls would go ahead as planned even before the FA announced their intentions.

However, one country that will not be backing Blatter is Liberia, whose FA President Musa Bility publicly declared he would have voted for Bin Hammam..

Bility told Tidesports that he would be backing the English proposal so time could be made for an alternative candidate to step forward for the credibility of football.

He also added that he thought that many other African countries would support the English FA.

But it seems that the English FA has not had the chance to talk to many delegates about their proposal.

“We have not had a chance to sit down and discuss the matter with the English or even to read their statement,” said Kirsten Nematandani, president of the South African Football Association.

“Maybe they will still seek to engage with us before the Congress starts.”

Earlier this month, the Confederation of African Football said it would be backing Blatter for re-election.

However, the individual football associations across the continent are free to vote as they please.

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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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