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NSC Moves To Improve Referees Standard

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The National Sports Com
mission (NSC) has said Nigerian referees would have the chance to officiate in international tournaments such as World Cup provided they worked hard to meet FIFA’s criteria.
The Director-General of the NSC Gbenga Elegbeleye, said this at the opening of a five-day FIFA Member Association (MA) Course organised for match officials in Nigeria.
He said time had come for FIFA to recognise the qualities of Nigerian referees, especially now that the country had become the champions of African football.
“We need courses like this to bring them (the referees) up to the standard of world refereeing, so that they can be involved in FIFA-graded matches.
“We want to see Nigerian referees officiating in World Cup; we want to see Nigerian referees officiating in CAF competitions.
“We don’t want to go there as assistant referees and this is surely the root to getting that result from FIFA and CAF,’’ Elegbeleye said.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Aminu Maigari, noted that Nigerian referees are among the best in the world, expressing regret that they had yet to be given World Cup assignments.
Represented by a board member of the NFA, Emeka Inyama, Maigari expressed optimism that the ongoing course would provide the referees the opportunity to officiate at the World stage.
“I hope that these programmes will adequately prepare our home so that at the end of the day we should be able to have as many referees at the world cup and Olympic Games.
“It is a digital age, the General Secretary is highly digitalised, I am highly digitalised, Alhaji Muazu is, so also every referee should be highly digitalised.
“I am happy to see some of you carrying your cam coders recording events and all that; that is the level at which we want you to operate.
“I am told that a total of seven technical instructors, 30 elite referees, 14 physical fitness instructors and 37 referees’ assessors are attending this event which is an impressive number,’’ Maigari said.
He pointed out that the consistency in organising the course since 2011 till date had ensured steady development of the country’s referees.
Former FIFA referee and a resource person at the event, Lim Chong, said the course was necessary to develop the match assessors and others as they were an integral part of football development.
Chong, who hails from Mauritius, urged the referees to work harder and improve themselves as that would give them the opportunity of officiating at the world stage.
He also urged the referees to believe in themselves and aspire to greater heights.

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Terony Unity Cup Commences Soon In PH

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Terony Sports Foundation says arrangements have been concluded to commence Unity Cup 2022, at the end of this month.
According to the organizer of the football tournament, AminaTamuno, the registration that started December 2021will end next week Tuesday.
He said the competition was slated to take place at Number six field old Port Harcourt Township.
Tamuno explained that the competition will be on knock out bases, saying that the reason for the one month tournament was basically to foster the existing and unity in the area.
“We are organizing this tournament just to sustain the peace and unity we are enjoying.
Besides, will we use it to discover talents from the grassroots and groom them to stardom” Tamuno said.
He equally uses the forum to appeal to well-meaning individuals, corporation organizations and multi Nationals to Sports grassroots football Competitions so that talents will be discovered.

By: Tonye Orabere

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NWFL: Coach Wants Players To Put More Efforts

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The Head Coach of Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt Edwin Okon has tasks his (players) to do more if they want to qualify for the continental game.
He said that the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) is a strong one, adding that for them to make to super six they have to put in extra effort. .
Okon said this on Wednesday in his post-match interview with sports journalists shortly after his player whitewashed Abia Angels FC 4-0 in the match day four of the NWFL at the University of Port Harcourt Sports complex.
According to him, they need to put more effort to ensure that the team qualifies for Super six.
He thanked God for the victory, adding that they want to maintain their position in the league.
“First and foremost I want to thank God for the victory.
The league is a strong one but we want to maintain our position in the league.
We need to put in more effort in the game to ensure we keep to our task” Okon stated.
Despite the four goals scored the number one Female football Coach in the state, said that in every game there are mistakes adding, that he will still go back to the drawing board to perfect those grey area.
Also speaking the head coach of Abia Angels Ann Chiejine, blamed is goalkeeper for the loss, saying that she will go and do more of ball work.
“General my girls played well but we need to go back and do more of technical play,” Chiejine said.

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Open Trials ’ll Create Opportunities For Youths -Hon Wobo

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Port Harcourt based Football Club Sticmaclloyd, in partnership with 433 Football Agency of Ukraine, Germany football academy and Sports Mate 360 football academy of Poland says arrangements have been concluded to hold a two day Port Harcourt City Open Football Trials, between 17 to 24 years.
The open trials is slated to hold 29th -30th of this month at Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt and expected to commence 6:00 am each day.
Speaking with Tidesports in an exclusive interview on Saturday, in Port Harcourt, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sticmaclloyd FC, Hon.Wobo I. Stanley, said the opening trials will create opportunity for talented footballers in the State to play in Europe.
According to Stanley, who was an ex international, selected players will also the have opportunity to enhance their football career in Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Italy.
“My club Sticmaclloyd Fc, is affiliated to 433 football agency, Germany, Poland and Ukraine football academies, besides, we have also signed Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) haven fulfilled their requirements to ensure that selected players have good contract” Hon. Stanley said.
He further, revealed that players that will go to Poland will combine both studies and football.
“Our foreign representatives have already sent their coaches to do the selection” he stated.
Stanley uses the forum to advice youth in the State to come and show their talents.
“We are sure players that will participate in the trials that selection will be purely on merits. Players who did not make it this time can make it next time” he added.

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