Speculation surrounding the appointment of a new Technical Adviser (TA) and coaching crew for Sharks FC of Port Harcourt may soon be laid to rest as the club’s management said at the weekend that the new coaches would be unveiled next week.
Following the poor performance of the club last season, the management had hinted at making sweeping changes at the club ahead of the new season. The club had announced the suspension of the coaches before the end of the last season.
However, the hide-and-seek game over whether a new TA has been engaged and his identity has continued as the General Manager of the club, Chief Okey Kpalukwu refused to disclose the identity or admit that a new man has been recruited.
But the rumour mills have it that former Super Eagles and Enyimba International Coach, Austine Eguavoen has been signed on as the new TA to be assisted by a new indigenous coach, who has coached both of the state-owned clubs, Dolphins and Sharks, before.
Speaking to Tidesports in an interview at the weekend, Kpalukwu asked for patience until the club is ready to unveil the crew officially.
According to him, the club is working out modalities to ensure that the team performs impressively in 2012/2013 football season.
“The management will soon come up with a blue-print on how the club would achieve its set objectives in the coming seasons,” Chief Kpalukwu said.
The General Manager revealed that to enable the team have good results next season, the club will drop some players and sign new ones that will beef-up the team.
“It is sure that the club will drop some players and sign new ones. This is to ensure that the club achieves its set aims and objectives,” he stated.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
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.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
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.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
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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