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18th NSF: Contractors Rush To Complete Facilities

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The Venue and Facilities Coordinator for the 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos, Waheed Adelekan on Wednesday said that contractors now work overnight to ensure that sports venues were ready.

Adelekan told newsmen in Lagos that repainting of the Teslim Balogun Stadium was nearing completion, while the damaged seats in the main bowl were being replaced.

“We are working tirelessly toward achieving 100 per cent readiness of Teslim Balogun, University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex.

“We have doubled the labour force to ensure a careful speedy job is done.

“We assure Nigerians that we will achieve completion of the refurbishing before states contingent for the games start arriving,” Adelakan said.

Barely 12 days to commencement of the festival, contractors were running out of time to ensure the readiness of the facilities.

At the Teslim Balogun Stadium scaffoldings were seen in some wings of the main bowl building, while painting is going on.

The damaged seats of the main bowl are being removed and replaced, while the state box is also being put in shape.

Cleaners are busy in the stadium clearing all the surroundings and the debris from the work.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor, Adejoke Adefulire-Orelope had on Tuesday criticised the slow pace of work and gave the contractors four days ultimatum to deliver the venues to the government.

However, contractors at the venues declined to comment on the on-going work.

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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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