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‘Garden City Games, Good For Rivers Image’

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The successes recorded at the recently concluded 17th National Sports Festival have been described as positive development for the image and prospects of Rivers State within Nigeria and beyond.

This was the position of a grassroots football promoter in the state, Chief Isaac Nwanwu.

Nwanwu, who spoke with Tidesports in an interview said that the successful hosting of the national sports fiesta has undoubtedly earned Rivers State a good name and that he would not be surprised to see the state hosting more sporting and other events in the near future.

He congratulated the Rivers State government and the people for being excellent hosts.

He also commended Team Rivers for doing the state proud in winning the highest number of gold medals at the event.

According to him, the state government should pay more attention to grassroots sports where he believe hidden talents could be discovered to represent the state and country in bigger sports events.

“Experience from the just concluded NSF has shown that there are lots of budding talents at the grassroots level though much efforts have not been channeled towards harnessing their potentials in the state,” he said.

Chief Nwanwu appreciated some of the facilities used for the festival, saying that, they were world of class standard and could stand the test of time.

“In fact the facilities I saw at the new Chief Adokiye Amiesemaka Sports Complex coupled with the colourful opening and closing ceremony of the 17th National Sports Festival are enough evidence to speak well of Governor Amaechi’s passion and commitment to sports development in the state,” he said.

He thus called for proper maintenance of the facilities ahead of subsequent sporting events.

It could be recalled that Rivers State hosted the National Sports Festival for the first time in 1988 before the just concluded 17th National Sports Fiesta tagged “Garden City Games 2011”.

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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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