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‘No Nigerian Assistants For Technical Director’

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Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) executive Committee member Chris Green has said that there will be no local assistants for newly-named Technical Director Tom Saintfiet.

Green explained that the position is not a coaching position which requires assistants, but one within a technical department structure.

“He is not coming to coach, but to plan and implement a development programme for the country. So he will not have assistants,” Green stated.

“What the framework calls for is for different positions within that structure. Saintfiet will be the National Technical Director, and we will have a number of local coaches who will fill the remaining positions, like the positions of Head of National Football Development and Head of Youth Football Development, and so on.

“All those people will work with him, and understudy him while the process goes on.”

Reports early in the week suggested that the NFF will allow the Belgian to come with his own assistants.

Green said that could happen, but not on the NFF’s tab. “We are not aware of this assistants talk. But if he decides that he needs to bring assistants, then that is his decision and he will be responsible for paying them from his wages.”

Those wages are due to come from the Development grant that the NFF receives from Fifa but Green also explained that the funding is yet to arrive.

“Fifa only remits the money for developmental purposes, but they will not do so until a technical director is in place and the department is fully functional.”

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Tokyo 2020: Nigerian Wrestlers Are Medal Hopefuls -Coach

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National wrestling coach Akuh Purity, has stated that Nigerian wrestlers going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have real medal chances this time, compared to the 2016 Olympics with less than a month to the games in Tokyo.
Purity, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that better exposure and competition experience already put the Nigerian wrestlers as medal prospects.
He added that the wrestlers had actually competed against the very best in the world in the run-in to the Tokyo Olympics and have an idea of almost whatever anyone of the top guns will offer.

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Ex-D’Tigers Player Becomes NBA Head Coach

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Former D’tigers player Ime Udoka has been appointed the new coach for Boston Celtics in the NBA.
Udoka had been considered a front-runner for the job, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Friday that Udoka was among the candidates who received second interviews.
Udoka, 43, spent seven years on Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio, including the 2013-14 season, when the Spurs won the NBA title.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 and was with the Nets last year.
Udoka was a member of the Nigerian national team, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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B/Volleyball: Nigeria Defeats Kenya In Olympic Qualifiers

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Nigeria beat Kenya 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-13) in the golden match to record their first win in the men’s category of the Tokyo Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Morocco.
Nigeria Team A (Obayemi Ogunshina and Hilary Simon) lost to Kenya Team B 0-2 (15-21, 13-21) in the first encounter before Nigeria Team B consisting of Emenike Ezike and Emmanuel Chidebere defeated Kenya Team A (21-16, 21-16) in the second encounter.
The head coach of Nigeria beach volleyball team, Francis Imoudu commended the players for putting all their effort against Kenya.
Imoudu stated that Kenya gave Nigeria a good fight but the better side won the game.
He said, “This win is an indication that the men’s team is ready for their remaining opponents. I must commend the fighting spirit of the team because bookmakers had given the game to the Kenyans but we shocked Africa.
“Kenya is a good side but Nigeria did not show them any respect on the court. We will take each game as they come and all we need is the support of Nigerians home and abroad for these boys to succeed”.
Reacting to the victory, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod lauded the players for recording their first win of the beach volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
He said the Federation will continue to support the team adding that the players should show no respect to their remaining opponents in the qualifiers.

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