The Badminton Federa
tion of Nigeria (BFN), has promised a successful hosting of the International Badminton Classics in Lagos.
The competition is slated for June 4 to 7.
The Vice-President of BFN, Francis Orbih, told newsmen in Lagos that renovation work had commenced at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Hall after the hosting of the DAWN Games.
He said that the classics was a world class event and assured that all hands were on deck to ensure its success.
“We waited for the Badminton events at the DAWN Games to be concluded, before embarking on the renovation of the Indoor Sports Hall.
“The mats in the court will be changed, television sets will be put in the lounge and many more things,” he said.
Orbih advised badminton players in the country to make full use of the advantage of the Classics and improve on their skills.
“The competition is here; we do not require money for flight tickets and accommodation, so we have the privilege to present as many athletes as possible.
“The players should use the opportunity for self evaluation and strive to learn new things,” he said.
Orbih said that the country would be taking advantage of the competition as hosts to present not less than 50 athletes.
The competition’s total price money would be 15, 000 dollars, for all winners.
No fewer than 15 countries are being expected at the competition.
The countries include: USA, Austria, France, Israel, Canada, Slovenia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Botswana and Uganda.
Others are South Africa, Ghana, Italy, India and hosts, Nigeria.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
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.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
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.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
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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