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Sharks Secures First Away Victory

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Women Judokas struggling for honours during a national event in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently.

Women Judokas struggling for honours during a national event in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently.

Sharks football club of
Port Harcourt survived Kaduna united onslaught to pick a valuable three points on the road at the Ahmadu bello stadium on Wednesday.
The hard fought victory turned out to be the first away win for the Coach Gbenga Ogunbote tutored lads who went into the lead as early as the 10th minute when Christain Pyagbara latched onto a Fortune Omoniwari cross after so many failed attempts by the homers to shot into the lead.
The homers dominated possession after Pyagbara put Sharks in the lead and with the support from the few spectators at the stadium they looked good enough for an equalizer but the attackers lacked the cutting edge to draw level.
The homers came close to scoring in 27th minute with Isah Aminu in a world of his own in Sharks 6 yard box but the agility of Danladi Isah his name sake in Sharks goal ensured Isah Aminu could not restore parity for the home side.
Pyagbara and Omoniwari both had Glaring opportunities to stretch the game beyond Kaduna united but for their individualistic approach to the game.
And on the 42nd minute Pyagbara’s individual brilliance paid off after dribbling past three defenders before scoring his second of the day.
Second half saw a more enterprising Kaduna united running rings round Sharks defense while the visitors chased shadows in the middle of the pack and it was not too long Sharks defense caved in to the pressure in a goal mouth melee in the 53rd minute Samuel Agba effort.
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote described the victory as a well thought out plan by the team from the very start of the season.
“  The victory means a lot because we have been working towards it right from the beginning of the season”Ogunbote said.
“ We thank God we were able to get it now because it now shows that we can really get what we planned to get at the start of the season because if you really want to achieve success you must learn to win away from home
He attributed the defensive approach adopted by his boys in the second fourty five minutes to fear that referee antics will set in for the home team thereby piling pressure on the defence.
“They lost concentration because fear set in as they anticipated magic moments by the referee for the home team  but kudos to the referee who stood his ground,Ogunbote said”.
“The homers forced us to play their game because my boys resorted to defensive play when the need  did not even arise and we paid for it,”

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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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