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‘2010/2011 NPL Season Very Challenging’

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The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has described the current league season as very challenging because of some knotty issues, including the lack of a title sponsor that it has had to contend with.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola told newsmen in Lagos that in spite of the challenges the quality had been sustained.

Babalola said that the season had been fraught with electoral disputes, litigation, lack of a title sponsor and incessant postponement of matches.

“It is quite amazing how we had been able to sustain the season amid the contending issues the NPL had to grapple with.

“In spite of all the challenges, I would describe the 2010/2011 season as one of the best in recent times in terms of standard of play and organisation.

“Hopefully in the next season, we will have a better and well organised league season in place that would be devoid of strife and unnecessary postponement of matches,’’ he said.

Babalola also decried the low turnout of fans at match venues, which he described as perplexing.

“The spectators at league matches are nothing to write home about in spite of the quality of football being played by the clubs.

“Clubs would have to embark on constant publicity drive in order to attract fans to the stadiums,’’ he said.

The scribe assured fans that once the issues were resolved, especially the title sponsorship matter in court, the league body would function the way it should.

“In spite of the earlier mentioned challenges that the NPL has had to contend with, I can, with all sense of responsibility, tell you that the league has come of age,’’ 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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