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AYG: Gold Medalists To Participate In Olympic Games

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The National Sports Com
mission (NSC) has said that all the athletes who won gold medals for Nigeria at the just-concluded African Youth Games (AYG) would be at the forthcoming Youth Olympics Games (YOG).
Director General of the commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye, stated this after receiving the athletes at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
Elegbeleye said the athletes’ presence at the YOG was guaranteed, even if their sport’s national federations would not be at the Games slated to hold in China on August.
The Team Nigeria to the second edition of the AYG, held in Gaborone, Botswana, won 41 medals.
This had comprised 19 gold, eight silver and 13 bronze medals.
“Every Nigerian is proud of you, starting from President Goodluck Jonathan, because you went there, conquered and came back.
“At the last outing in Morocco in 2010, we had 10 medals. But we have surpassed that feat with this outing, and that means that you are all golden athletes.
“But, I promise you that those of you that won gold at the AYG will be at the YOG later in the year. Even if your federations are not going, we will get you there,’’ Elegbeleye said. The NSC director-general said all the athletes should see the AYG as a stepping stone to greater heights.
“As from today, you are all preparing for something greater than what you have achieved.
“Nigeria will be going for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil and I believe that you all are not too young to be Olympic medalists.
‘’Even those who did not win gold in Botswana, I am sure that after this, you will perform better than you did now.
“So, I believe that your best is yet to come,’’ he said. Elegbeleye however commended the national under-15 football team for winning gold in spite of having a little time for preparation.
“I want to particularly commend the football team because we nearly disbanded them.
“They had little time to prepare, but the Director of Competitions at the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Mohammed Sanusi, said they have a team that can win gold and they did.
‘’For those that did not win any medal at all, I believe it was probably because of the situation at hand or you were not psychologically prepared.

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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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