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NFF Pardons FIFA, LOC Over World Cup Flag Error

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The Nigeria Football Fed
eration (NFF) says it bears no grudge against FIFA or the 2014 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) for misrepresenting Nigeria at last Thursday’s opening ceremony.
The organisers of the soccer fiesta displayed the wrong flag while announcing Nigeria at the opening ceremony.
Instead of Nigeria’s flag, the Republic of Niger’s flag was projected at the middle of the pitch during the event.
The Secretary-General of the NFA, Musa Amadu, however, told newsmen on telephone in Abuja that the error was not intentional.
“If they called Nigeria and they raised Niger’s flag, it’s not a matter I can address from here.
“People that were there saw it and I know they will talk to FIFA about it. LOC and FIFA made an honest mistake.
“I know they (FIFA and the 2014 World Cup LOC) will apologise for their mistakes and that should be the end of the matter.
“Like I said, FIFA and the LOC for the World Cup made an honest mistake and I know they will correct it.
“Nobody is above human mistake, except if there is any in Nigeria,’’ Amadu said.
Nigeria’s flag features three vertical stripes, with a white stripe sandwiched between two green stripes, while Niger’s flag features three horizontal stripes.
The top stripe is orange, which sat above a white stripe and a green stripe, with an orange circle in the middle of the white stripe.
Niger which did not qualify for the World Cup is placed 112 on the latest FIFA rankings, while Nigeria, the current African champion is ranked 44th.

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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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