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Ekiti Kicks-off School Sports Festival

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The Ekiti State Sports
Council has began trials for the maiden Development Agenda for Western Nigeria South-West Secondary School Sports Festival tagged, “DAWN Games,’’ and scheduled to hold in Lagos from May 16.
The trials began with boys and girls football, basketball and volleyball among secondary schools in the three senatorial districts in the state.
In boys’ football trial held at Ado Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, Egbeoba High School defeated Edu-Erio Community Grammar 1-0 to qualify for another trial against Corpus Christy, Boys, Ilawe Ekiti.
C.K.C Girls School Ire Ekiti, in girls’ football, defeated Corpus Christy Girls, Ilawe 3-0.
In male basketball, Ado Grammar School defeated Christ School, Ado-Ekiti 27-20, while Ado Grammar School defeated Anglican High School 23-16 to qualify for possible selection in the state team.
In female basketball, Baptist High School defeated Immaculate Girls School13-0.
In male volleyball, Ansarudeen Comprehensive School defeated Christ Apostolic Church School 2-0, while Baptist High School defeated Ilejemeje Community High School 2-0.
Reacting to the results of the competitions, the General Manager of the council, Mr Kayode Adewunmi, commended the students that participated in the trials.
Adewunmi said that the competition was organised to select the contingent that would represent the state at the DAWN Games in Lagos as from May16.
He said that the trials would continue with athletics, scrabble, chess, tennis and table tennis.
Adewunmi said this would enable the council to select talented students for the DAWN Games.

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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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