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Sharks Underline Title Credentials

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Sharks FC underlined
their ambition as credible title contenders with a breathtaking performance that saw them hold Sunshine Stars to a 3-3 draw in a Week 13 game of the Glo Premier League in Akure over the weekend.
The hosts commenced proceedings in enterprising fashion as they searched for an early goal that would help ease off some of the pressure from the ever-demanding home fans.
Sharks goalkeeper Isah Danladi was called into action early on as he had to parry out a close-range free-kick in the fourth minute to keep the scores even.
Oghogho Oduokpe then had a chance to put Sunshine in front two minutes later, but the former Enugu Rangers forward wasted the chance.
Angolah and Dele Olorundare also missed chances to put Sunshine in front, but the hosts were made to pay for these misses in the 27th minute when Christian Pyagbara skipped past his markers to send in a low cross which was tapped in by an onrushing Ifeanyi Inyam.
Sunshine equalised from the spot before the interval through Oduokpe, and took the lead in the 48th minute through another spot-kick by Oduokpe after a Sharks player handled the ball inside the box.
A header from Pyagbara nearly evened the scores for the vistors, but Godwin Ayalogu’s acrobatic save denied the former Flying Eagles star.
The hosts would eventually extend their lead moments later through Alaba Adeniyi, who capitalised on a defensive mix up in the Sharks defence.
Chima Akas pulled a goal back for Sharks in the 65th minute to offer them the chance to make a comeback, and Frederick Obomate stuck to the script when he scored an equaliser in the 73rd minute to ensure the visitors from Port Harcourt not only went home with a point, but also remained top of the table.

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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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