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‘Sports Can Fund Part Of Nigeria’s Budget’

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The Executive Director of the D’elite Sports Investment Company, Mr John Tersoo, has said that Nigeria could make 40 per cent of its budget through sports, if the sector was properly managed.

In a briefing to mark the commencement of the 2013 Soccer Talent Hunt of the company in Ilorin, Tersoo noted that sports development was a good business that a country could depend on to better its socio-economic status.

Tersoo, however, blamed the poor nature of sports development in the country on the bastardisation of the system and poor management.

“We believe Nigeria is blessed with a lot of soccer talents that could be groomed to become the likes of Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and the likes.

“Nigeria can make 40 per cent of its national budget through sports, especially football, like it is being done in Brazil,” the company executive said.

He hailed the preparation of the Ilorin Centre for the trials, despite “the fact that Ilorin was not initially one of our scheduled Centres”.

He explained that the trial would be based on merit and lamented how some talented players were not given opportunity because of their poor backgrounds.

Also speaking, Sergio Daniel, the company’s Sports Director, said that the trials were meant to pick the best talents from Nigeria and link them up with various European clubs.

“We have a lot of connections, programmes and a lot of things for the kids. We wish to make a lot of Kanus, a lot of Okochas and the like from the kids,” he said.

Daniel, a Portuguese, who claimed to be a former coach with Benfica FC of Portugal, said the talent hunt was a long-term project that the company was not expecting any profit from now, but in the future.

He added that Nigeria could still make great footballers like Kanu and Okocha, if everybody was given opportunity to showcase his or her talent, without fear or favour.

He explained that they have now included Ilorin in their schedule because three talents from Ilorin were discovered at the Abuja Centre.

“Ilorin is very nice, peaceful and friendly, with a bunch of talents. Ilorin is made of good talents in football.

“In Abuja, three people from Ilorin were already picked there. So, Ilorin is believed to be a base of success,” the Sports Director said.

He, however, added that the final trial for all those selected from the various centres would hold in Abuja, where the best of the best would be selected and sponsored abroad by the company.

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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