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Player Canvasses Support ForT/Tennis

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One of the nation’s top
Table Tennis players, Onaolapo Ojo, has appealed to well meaning individuals to help in sponsoring more programmes to develop the sport.
Ojo told newsmen in Lagos on telephone that it was the collective responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure that sport thrived.
“Everyone who loves table tennis and wants it to regain its lost glory should contribute their quota to the repositioning.
“The Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) alone cannot do it because they source for funds from the National Sports Commission and we all know that there are several other sports too that need funding,’’ he said.
Ojo, who was the Captain of Team Nigeria at the 2013 Tunisia Open Championships, said that Nigerians who made their name through the sport should come and give back to the young ones.
He said that it did not necessarily have to be through sponsorship of competitions, but by giving out basic kits to the young ones to aid their training.
“If we have like 10 Toyin Okenla-Ojeagas, believe me table tennis in the country would not be in the position it is now.
“She has taken it upon herself to give back to the country that made her by encouraging the young ones in an annual tourney.
“ NTTF President, Wahid Enitan-Oshodi, has really tried in repositioning the sport but I urge Nigerians to please partner with him so as to take the sport to another level.
“The president is a lover of the sport and he is very conversant with it that is why he has been able to record so much success in so short a time,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Ojo was the winner of the NTTF Pilot League which held at the Knock Up Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos in March.

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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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