The Chief Coach of Giwa
FC of Jos, Kadiri Ikhana, has said the club is set to overhaul its squad to meet the challenges of the premier league.
Ikhana disclosed this to newsmen in Jos shortly after his side’s 2-0 victory over visiting Crown FC of Oshogbo.
He said the club will use the mid season break of the Nigerian Professional Football League to overhaul all departments in the team.
“In the proposed overhauling of the squad, all departments would be thoroughly assessed and strengthened, and it is all for the good of the team.
“Although we defeated our opponent, but there is still much work to be done, because the team is far from attaining premier league standard.
“The team still has a very long way to go because it is yet to be at the standard of the premiership.
“We will fortify the team by getting some new players and also working on the others as we have enough time to do that during the mid season.
“We will have one month break because of the World Cup and I believe we will use this period to strengthen the team.
“The break is enough to enable us come back better and stronger in the second stanza of the league,’’ the former super falcons’ handler said.
He appealed to the club’s fans to continue to support the team, pledging that they would not let them down.
Reacting to his team’s loss, the Crown FC Chief Coach, Lawrence Akpokona, blamed the defeat on the absence of notable members of the team who were sidelined by injuries.
Akpokona told newsmen that three of his strikers were injured and the other players suffered from fatigue due to the long journey from Ogbomosho to Jos.
“The attack wasn’t there, even at that we did not expect to lose by such a margin, but there was nothing anyone could do because of the situation we found ourselves,’’ he said.
The Crown FC handler said that the club would recruit some new players during the mid season window to strengthen the squad.
Akpokona lauded the match officials for excellent officiating, saying it was one of the best officiating he has seen in the NPFL in recent times.
Ibrahim Shuaibu got the lead for Giwa in the first half of the match and Usman Nura doubled the advantage in s econd half.
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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