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17th NSF: SWAN Appreciates RSG

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), has expressed appreciation of the efforts of the Rivers State Government (RSG), to hosting an impressive 17th edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF), especially, the embarking on the construction of brand new ultra modern facilities for the purpose.

This formed part of the communiqué issued at the end of its National Full Council meeting held in Kaduna last Thursday.

According to the communiqué signed by Fred Edorie of Lagos SWAN, Uwem Ekoh of Akwa Ibom SWAN and Tony Akowe of Kaduna SWAN, “SWAN appreciates the efforts of the Rivers State government, the National Sports Commission, NSC and Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the fiesta considering the challenges of hosting and organising such an event.”

SWAN also urged the festival organisers to ensure adequate provision of media facilities and conducive environment for the effective coverage of the games.

The communiqué further noted that appointment of their members, Ishola Michael and Abubakar Wunti as Chief Press Secretary and Press Secretary to the governor and deputy governor of Bauchi State, respectively, and Timothy Daniel as the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kwara State and commended the governor and deputy governors of the states for the appointments.

The council also commended Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola for his assistance in completing the Lagos SWAN secretariat.

Among other things, it also restated its earlier position on the NFF/NFA crisis and urged all their complaints to the appropriate quarters rather than creating parallel bodies.

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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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