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AWC: Ikhana In Dilemma Over Foreign Based Players

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Super Falcons coach Kadiri Ikhana expects to call up at
least eight players from abroad to join his squad in preparation for the African
Women Championships, but is uncertain which players to pick.

“I cannot confirm the number of foreign-based players that
will be invited to camp. I am working closely with the technical department of
the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that we invite the best
players.

“Players like Perpetua Nkwocha, Rita Chikwelu, and Onome Ebi
will be invited alongside others. I think we will invite at least 8 more
players who play outside Nigeria to join those we have in camp now,” said
Ikhana.

“We do not want to invite players just because they play in
foreign leagues. We want to invite players who are in form and play regular
competitive matches for their clubs.”

He added: “The tournament is just around the corner and we
need to have the players join the team in camp at least three weeks to the
tournament. We will most likely identify the players we need in a few days and
write to their clubs this week so they can be released in time to join us.”

Ikhana was quick to add that he expects players to fight for
the chance to be in his final team to participate in Africa’s biggest
tournament for women, saying that no player is assured an automatic place in
the final squad.

“The competition in the squad is very tough. Most of the
ladies who play at home are very talented and want to make the team.

“The foreign-based players will have to work very hard to
displace the ladies already in camp because they are a very talented bunch.”

The coach says so far, he is satisfied with the invited
players after one week of camp, as they prepare for the 8th African Women’s
Championship set to hold in Equatorial Guinea.

“All the 27 players in camp have shown me that they want to
be part of this team. I am very pleased with the level of discipline and
commitment the ladies have shown. As a coach, I couldn’t have asked for more.”

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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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