Massive renovation work has started at the camp of Dolphins football club ahead of the new football season.
The work going on at the camp is total and is akin to rebuilding the camp of the club located at the Elekahia Estate in Port Harcourt.
According to Sports Commissioner, Fred Igwe, the camp is dilapidated and is in deplorable state and it was time to release funds for the jobs.
“It is something we had to do because I even visited the camp of the team too and was not impressed with what I saw.
“The players need to see us as being serious about their welfare and as they return from the break it will be a morale booster for them to see their camp looking much better than they left it when the League ended last term,” Igwe said.
“Dolphins is one club that the ministry supports, just like Sharks too, so I’m glad we are putting things right and I am glad we will finish soon.”
The renovation work includes deroofing/ reroofing, replacing the plumbing system, replacing beds, windows and mosquito nets, repainting as well as a new power generator to serve the camp.
Meanwhile, Dolphins will embark on pre-season camping outside Rivers State as soon as possible as the team continues their preparations for the new football season.
General Manager of the club, Dumbo Awanen said that the exercise is part of programme submitted to the management of the club by the Technical Adviser of the club, Stanley Eguma.
“They will be training here for a week and after that they move to closed camping for better concentration and we believe by the time they return their camp will look like a brand new house for them.
“The idea of the closed camping is to get the boys outside the noise of Port Harcourt where they can stay focused on the strategies and training techniques the coach would want to impart,” Awanen said.
Technical Adviser of the club, Stanley Eguma admits the club may be starting a bit late because of reforms that took place but said they have drawn up a schedule that will help the players peak on time.
“We didn’t do so well in the last football season and we won’t want that to repeat itself this time.
“We need to play ourselves back to reckoning and return to the continent so this closed camping and renovation work on the camp has actually come in handy for us.”
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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