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Commonwealth Games: AFN Boss Bemoans Inadequate Preparation

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A former president,
Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Dan Ngerem, has attributed Nigeria’s poor performance in sports to inadequate preparation.
Ngerem told newsmen in Lagos that the country only budgets for the welfare of athletes at major competitions without adequately preparing them for the competitions.
“Nigeria always repeat the same mistake in preparing for major competitions like the Commonwealth Games.
The Games are scheduled to kick off on July 23 and end on August 3 in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Nigeria has continued to make the same fundamental mistake and that is, we budget billions for competitions but do not budget money for preparations.
“The Commonwealth Games is not far away and I have not seen a consistent strategy and preparation for the Games.
“It has been the federated units that have been doing their own thing trying to raise money, but that should not be the case because Nigeria budgeted millions for the Games,” he said.
The former AFN president said that apart from the welfare of athletes, the nation should make available funds for strategy, international relations and for public relations in terms of sports
He said the ideal was for preparations for competitions of such magnitude like the Commonwealth Games and Olympics to commence immediately after the end of one.
“Preparations for the Commonwealth Games should start immediately after the end of one.
“Indeed, for the more serious countries there is an eight year period to prepare an athlete but what do you find in Nigeria a fundamental waiting in the wings for government budget.
“ Personally, I will advocate that half of the money budgeted for the Games should be used for preparations for the next Commonwealth Games,” Ngerem said.
He said that incessant change of administrators was also to blame for the failure to maintain a sports policy.

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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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