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Federation Postpones Squash Tourney

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President of Nigeria Squash
Federation (NSF), Adamu Erena, has said that the 2014 African Squash Championship, earlier scheduled to begin on May 5 in Abuja, would now kick-offon May 25.
Erena told newsmen in Abuja that the postponement was as a result of the issue of insecurity in the country.
“This is the first time Nigeria was selected to host the event by the Squash Federation of Africa (SFA), but the participating nations wrote to the federation about their safety and the need for the event to be postponed,’’ he said.
The NSF President, however, said the event had been rescheduled for May 25 to May 30.
“We were to have it beginning on May 5, but it fell around the same date the World Economic Forum on Africa was to begin.
“So, we decided to postpone it to May 25 in view of that issue and because most member-nations were complaining about their safety in Nigeria.
“Though, the federation had written them that their safety was guaranteed, but even with that only three countries sent in their acceptance forms,“ he said.
Erena told newsmen that 15 countries were expected to participate in the championship, but only three countries had so far indicated interest in participating in the competition.
He further said if the federation did not get a feedback by next week the African federation would have to sit and decide if Nigeria should still host the competition.
“We will try to convince them that Nigeria is safe for the competition, and if they do not accept, it will be left for the SFA to decide,” the federation president said.
He, however, said if the feedback was positive, the NSF would write all the country’s security agencies to keep them informed about the event.
“This is in order to ensure adequate security at the venue of the competition,’’ Erena said.
He however told newsmen he was optimistic that the SFA member-nations would send their acceptance forms for participation in the competition.
The 2014 edition of the African Squash Championship is scheduled to hold at the Abuja National Stadium.

Table tennis players struggling for honours during a national event in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently.

Table tennis players struggling for honours during a national event in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, recently.

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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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