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Ghana Falls To France 0-2

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It is the end of the road for Africa in the 2012 FIFA u-17
Women World Cup as Ghana’s Black Maidens yesterday in Baku, Azerbaijan, could
not keep Africa’s flag flying as they crashed 0-2 to France.

They lost to goals from Kadidiatou Diani, who scored in the
31st and 89th minutes of the competition’s first semi-final match at the 8 km
Stadium.

The French side which had been responsible for the ouster of
Nigeria’s Flamingoes in the quarter-finals on Thursday in Baku, returned to the
same venue to claim another African scalp.

Before beating Nigeria 5-3 on penalties after a goalless
draw, the French side had beaten Africa’s third representatives Gambia 10-2.

The French side’s match against Gambia was in a first round
Group B match at the Dalga Arena, also in Baku.

The 17-year-old Diani had jumped higher than her marker to
head home after Mario Romanelli’s ball was floated into the box after 30
minutes.

This was after even exchanges which, however, still had
evidence of French domination and then culminated in giving them advantage with
the opening goal.

But Ghana’s task was made all the more difficult after 52
minutes when Jane Ayieyam received a second yellow card, and this swung
possession in France’s way

France will on Saturday meet the winners of Korea
DPR/Germany fixture in the other semi-finals, with the losers facing Ghana earlier
in the day.

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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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