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Ghana Friendly, Preparation Towards Madagascar Game – Siasia

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Chief coach, Samson Siasia says the Super Eagles friendly match with the Black Stars of Ghana in London is a preparation towards the crucial Group B Africa Cup of Nations qualifier coming up in Madagascar on September 3.

Siasia, in an interview with The Tide Sports at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa said “we are prepared for the Ghana friendly match and we have picked our players and hopefully the players will come out to play with enthusiasm and dedication. I think for now, we have a very good team.”

He assured Nigerians that the Super Eagles would go to Madagascar with high hope and that with the kind of players assembled, “we will come back with a win,” adding, “hopefully, we will do well and we will qualify for the Nations World Cup.”

According to him, the Madagascar match is a more crucial one, while “the Ghana match is just going to have fun, but it’s a preparation towards the Madagascar match.”

Asking Nigerians for their encouragement and prayers, the chief coach appealed to the people to forget about  the past and focus on the future matches to come, saying “we did the best we could at Ethiopia. That we did not carry the cup is not the end of the world but the issue is that we have to qualify.”

In another interview, Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo said “we are going to make sure we do our best and hopefully, God is going to crown our efforts.”

Yobo said they have learnt from their past mistakes but that if they win the Ghana match and lose the Madagascar game, it will be a disaster.

As he put it, “we must make sure we get the three points,” pointing out that the inclusion of Super Eagles striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie in the selection is good because he is one of their key players.

“This is a new beginning and we are growing. We keep getting better every day, Yobo stressed and disclosed that he will soon come up with a programme aimed at promoting football in his home state, Rivers.

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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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