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SWAN Patron Tips NigeriaTo Overcome Liberia

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As the Super Eagles of Nigeria intensify preparation ahead
of the final leg of 2013 Nation’s Cup qualifier against Liberia at the weekend,
a patron of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers State
chapter, Chief Christopher Okonkwo has expressed optimism in the ability of the
team to overcome the Liberians and qualify for the Nation’s Cup billed for
South Africa next year.

Chief Okonkwo, an ardent sport enthusiast barred his mind in
an interview with The Tidesports in Port Harcourt on Monday.

According to him, the impressive performance of the Nigerian
players in Europe and other clubsides is an indication that the Super Eagles
would surely dim the Star of Liberia if the players replicate their club
performances during the encounter.

He charged the
Stephen Keshi-led technical crew to select the best crop of players to
prosecute the match, adding that Nigeria cannot afford not to be at the
Nation’s Cup after failing to qualify for the last edition co-hosted by
Gabon  and Equatorial Guinea chief
Okonkwo, said it would be double tragedy for Nigeria not to make it to South
Africa this year and charged the team to do all it could to ensure victory as
Nigerians are tired of excuses.

“Our players are in top shape and battle ready at the
moment, so I don’t think there  is any
cause for alarm,” he said, and added that anything  short of victory against Liberia will not be
acceptable from the players or the team to qualify.

The SWAN patron however called on all Nigerians to pray for
the team and also turn out en masse to cheer the Super Eagles to victory on
Saturday.

 

Collins Barasimeye

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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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