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Scribe Rates Dangote Gymnastics Championships High

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The Secretary-General of
the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria (GFN), Rita Akande, has in Abuja gave high ratings to the 5th Alhaji Aliko Dangote Gymnastics Championships.
Teams from nine states, the FCT and four clubs participated in this year’s edition of the championships at the Abuja National Stadium’s Gymnasium.
Akande told newsmen that the 2014 edition of the championships have helped in discovering a lot of talents.
She said the championships had grown to become a platform for discovering talents for the country since its inception in 2009.
“Today, we are witnessing the fifth edition of the championships that has helped in discovering a lot of talents for Nigeria.
“It has continued to do just that, with what we have seen this time around in this fifth edition,’’ the GFN secretary said.
She however praised the championships’sponsor, Mr Foluso Adefemi, for providing the enabling environment for things to happen in the sport in Nigeria.
“I will like to greatly appreciate the sponsor of this wonderful championship, Mr Foluso Adefemi who has created this opportunity and platform for discovering talents,” Akande said.
She said Adefemi, who is the President of GFN and also the Chief Executive Officer of Union Maritime Agency, had been the sole sponsor of the championships.
Akande then solicited for more sponsorship from both corporate bodies and individuals to help in the development of the country’s gymnasts.
“I can assure you that, with the crop of talents we have been able to discover in this championships, the future of our great country in the sport is bright.
“But, there is the need to harness and nurture these talents in order to put Nigeria on the map of the best gymnastics nations,” she said.
The GFN secretary said Nigerians needed to realise that sports has been used as a tool for curbing social vices all over the world, and therefore needed to invest in it.
She said this helps in channeling the excess energy of the youths into positive use.
“Government cannot do it alone, especially when there are other pressing issues that needed to be attended to,” Akande said.

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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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