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Okolo Gets Falcons’ Recall Eucharia Names 32 For Cameroon

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Vera Okolo has been recalled to the Super Falcons but former African Player of the Year, Cynthia Uwak continues to be frozen out of the squad as coach Uche Eucharia named a 32-strong team to prepare for next month’s Olympic qualifier against Cameroon.

Eucharia’s team is made up of six Europe-based players and 26 from the domestic women’s league.  Five of the six foreign-based players were part of the squad that finished in ninth place at the recently-concluded 6th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Germany.

Veteran forward, Perpetua Nkwocha scored Nigeria’s only goal of the tournament in the 1-0 win over Canada in Dresden, while defenders Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi and Helen Ukaonu posted creditable performances. Midfielder Rita Chikwelu and forward Emueje Ogbiagbevba are the others. Ogbiagbevba scored a brace against Namibia in the earlier round of the Olympic Games qualifying race but was dropped for the global finals in Germany.

The home-based contingent is led by goalkeeper and skipper Precious Dede, and also includes goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluchi, defenders Osinachi Ohale, Rebecca Kalu, Joy Jegede, Josephine Chukwunonye and Gloria Ofuegbu. Midfielders Glory Iroka, Francesca Ordega and Amarachi Okoronkwo, and forwards Ebere Orji, Desire Oparanozie, Stella Mbachu, Esther Sunday, Amenze Aighewi and Vera Okolo completes the list.

The Falcons will take on the Lionesses of Cameroon in the first leg of the fixture in Nigeria on Sunday, August 28, with the return leg in Cameroon two weeks later.

THE FULL LIST:

FOREIGN-BASED: Perpetua Nkwocha (Sweden), Emueje Ogbigbevba (Russia), Rita Chikwelu (Sweden), Onome Ebi (Turkey), Helen Ukaonu (Sweden), Faith Ikidi (Sweden)

HOME-BASED: Precious Dede (Rivers Angels), Tochukwu Oluehi (Sunshine Queens), Ebubeleye White (Rivers Angels), Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels), Osinachi Ohale (Delta Queens), Ebere Orji (Rivers Angels), Stella Mbachu (Rivers Angels), Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels), Desire Oparanozie (Delta Queens), Francesca Ordega (Bayelsa Queens), Rebecca Kalu (Rivers Angels), Esther Sunday (Sunshine Queens), Tawa Ishola (Sunshine Queens), Blessing Edoho (Rivers Angels), Josephine Chukwunonye (Rivers Angels), Amenze Aighewi (Rivers Angels), Joy Jegede (Delta Queens), Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels), Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons), Asisat Ishola (FC Robo, Lagos), Vera Okolo (Delta Queens), Edith Eduviere (Sunshine Queens), Chima Nwosu (Bayelsa Queens), Andy Lucky (Akwa Ibom State), Josephine Mathias (Rivers State), Nkiruka Ozoemena (Ebonyi State)

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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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