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‘S’South Volleyball Tourney ’ll Create Opportunities’

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The facilitator of the First South South Open Volleyball Championships, Hon Dakuku Peterside, has said that the tournament, which is billed to serve off today in Port Harcourt will help change attitude and create opportunities in the region.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt the member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Andoni, Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency in Rivers State explained that the tournament came about after stakeholders in the game decided on the need for a champion of that nature in the region.

According to him, championship will help create awareness and deepen the love for volleyball while creating an opportunity for the youth of the region to develop their potentials and channel their energy positively by taking to the game.

Also, the competition will help translate the abundant sports potentials to economic potentials which will serve to empower the people and change their lives.

The volleyball championship, Hon Peterside who was a former chairman of the Rivers State Volleyball Association, noted, will also promote unity among South South states and ensure that they have a common agenda.

He believes that the sport has high potentials in the state and should be given adequate opportunity to thrive.

The maiden championship which is open to male and female teams from the six states of the zone and some clubs would promote the participation of youth and enhance talent discovery and help teams in the region prepare for the forthcoming National Sports Festival, NSF, Eko 2012 in Lagos.

“Nigeria has the potential to be the greatest nation in volleyball in Africa, because we have the talents across the country. We believe the championship will help us to discover more talents which we know are there to be unearthed,” Hon Peterside stated.

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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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