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Ondo Sets Schools Sports Committee

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The Ondo State Commis
sioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe,  has inaugurated a 10-man committee for the Ondo State Football Agency (ODSFA) School-based Academy.
Adejuyigbe, while inaugurating the committee, noted that it comprised of people who had made sterling contributions to the growth of sports in the state.
The committee members were drawn from the State Ministry of Education, Ministry of Sports, ODSFA and State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).
“ When we have four organisations working together, the objective of coming together will always be achieved.
“ I believe the way we started, we will get the wanted result and years to come, Ondo State will be on the map of football development in Nigeria,” Adejuyigbe said.
Also speaking with newsmen after the event, Bekekhimi Idiarhi, the Commissioner for Youth Development, said that he was proud of the initiative aimed at  discovering  talents in primary and secondary schools across the state.
He said  all   members of the committee were seasoned sports administrators, adding that the school-based academy would help in developing and discovering  disciplined footballers.
In his address, Akin Akinbobola, the Chairman of ODSFA, said that the School-based Academy would be in six zones, with the league meant for primary  and secondary schools.
He, however, listed Ore, Akure, Ondo, Ikare-Akoko, Okitipupa and Odigbo Local Government Areas as the zones.
Akinbobola noted  that no fewer  than 25 talents  would be discovered within six months, adding that they would have the chance of playing in Rising Stars Football Academy.
He added that parents of those selected would be made to complete a form as  commitment to the programme.
Akinbobola explained that the  primary school edition would be for the  U-13 football academy while the secondary school would be for the U-17.

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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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