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Stakeholders Task Keshi On Transparency,Viable Team

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Some football stake
holders in Enugu have urged the re-appointed Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, to be transparent in handling the team in his second tenure.
The stakeholders, who spoke to newsmen in Enugu, said the second tenure was a chance for Keshi to show how good he is.
Team Co-ordinator of Crime Busters Football Club of Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, expressed happiness that the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) found Keshi worthy of a second chance amidst controversies trailing his appointment.
“Keshi should make humility his watchword and carry everybody along, as football remains a game of team work.
“He should dwell more on youth development to raise a Super Eagles that will stand the test of time, a team devoid of acrimony and sentiment but of good performance,’’ he said.
In his contribution, a former Coach of Rangers International FC, John Obuh, said the appointment of Keshi was good for the team because they needed continuity.
“Thank God Nigeria has been able to settle down and the two parties, the NFA and the coach, need to work together to achieve their aim of taking the country’s football to a higher height.
“Keshi deserves the second tenure considering his achievement in 2013, when he achieved so much, within the short period he was at the helm of the Eagles’ affairs,’’ he said.
Another stakeholder, the Enugu State Director of Sports, John Eli, however said Keshi’s re-appointment as the national coach was not a totally good idea by the NFA.
“A coach is as good as his last game. Keshi won the 2013 AFCON for the country no doubt, but he failed to lead the team to qualification for the next edition.
“However, he may prove himself this time around. But there is need for the NFA to keep a check on the technical team, players and their programme.
“As for grooming young and viable players, Keshi is good at that. He has done it before, with Togo and Mali, and won the 2013 AFCON for Nigeria and he can do it again,’’ Eli said.
He however said all hands should be on deck to ensure that the employer and the employee succeed in helping Nigeria qualify for the 2017 AFCON and other future tournaments.

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Traders Score Rumumoji Football Competition High

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Traders in Rumumoji Mile one Market in Port Harcourt, have scored the ongoing Traders Unity Football Competition high, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with Tidesports on Wednesday, at the Rumumoji football field, an electronics seller, Emeka Uzoma, said the organisation of the competition was impressive, as it attracted huge crowd. 
He described football as the means to peace and unity, saying that the competition has brought resolved disharmony and acrimonies among traders in the area. 
“I am really excited because we are all here to enjoy the football matches which were put on hold for a long period. 
The competition has reunited us again I thank the new exco for their initiation to bring back the tournament, you can see the excitement on the faces of the traders.
This is a welcome development, I commend the organisers for the good job,” Uzoma said.
In his reaction, another trader, Martins Akere, expressed joy over the impressive turnout of traders’ participate in the tournament. He noted that this has brought back the lost glory among traders in the market.
“I am very happy because when the organisers made mentioned of the tournament a lot of people thought the competition will not hold but by the grace of God, here we are today.
To me the competition was basically to bring peace and harmony, also to catch fun, happiness has returned among us. 
Almost everybody in the market was discussing about the competition every morning in the market for me, kudos to the new exco,” Akere said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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How Nigerian Officials Diverted $100,000 Meant For  D’Tigress Team

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Officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development have been accused of failing to distribute $100,000 (N41.1million) allowances donated by three banks to Nigeria’s women basketball team for their Tokyo 2020 Olympic participation.
Speaking with newsmen, a member of the senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, revealed that their allowances, bonuses, training grant worth $4,900 had also not been paid.
She added that none of the D’Tigress team members would show up in camp in preparation for the February 2022 FIBA World Cup if the Nigerian government failed to pay them.
“The last time we checked, some of our allowances, bonuses and training grants have not been paid. All our accounts numbers have been submitted but still no remittance. Donations made by banks for players, officials, volunteer stipends etc. dating all the way back to 2018 but I will let the managers address the vendor/contractor’s situation, she said.
“They forget we all have a relationship and do communicate; $500 each 2018 FIBA World Cup for players and officials; $1,000 each for finishing final 8 in FIBA World Cup; $1,000 each bonus for winning AfroBasket in Senegal for 2019 players and officials.
“$300 – $400 each Mozambique Olympic Qualifier allowance balance, were supposed to be paid $100 per day; $2,000 eachtraining grant balance from Tokyo Olympics, players only. The $100,000 donated by three Nigerian banks to all the players and officials that made D’Tigress Olympics qualification possible final roster. The men also got $100,000 assigned to them, the total was $200,000.
“Miscellaneous expenses by players and officials; the full breakdown has been submitted to the outgoing Basket Ball President and the honourable minister, Sunday Dare.
“With all due respect to the association leadership, the Presidency, the Ministry and NBBF administration old and new, if these monies are not paid before the next qualifier of the next tournament in February 2022, FIBA World Cup, the entire D’Tigress team will not show up in camp. We are all saying this as one unit and one voice.”
watched the Olympics games and knows Nigerian Basketball could see that something was wrong. We didn’t play our best because we weren’t treated or given the best during one of the greatest stages and moments of an Athletes career.
“Yes, we had some injuries, could have executed better but there were a lot of distractions around us like; Not knowing who we have available on the team. Not having enough practice time with each other to build cohesiveness.
“Our head coach did not prioritize adequate preparation nor trust his staff enough to delegate significant responsibility. Poor decision by the outgoing President Musa Kida, he avoided the D’Tigress in camp because we inquired about our money amongst other basic things, when he made it to the U.S, he bypassed us in Atlanta to Vegas to support the men’s team. He did not support us with any leadership personnel.
“I believe each player that has been a part of D’Tigress since 2017 has their own thoughts and feelings about the dissolved NBBF Board and coaching staff over the course of the time. It is evident that our voices haven’t been heard, our request for little things ignored, we are not being celebrated and recognized as this team deserves, instead allowances and bonuses are being owed by the NBBF and Ministry.
“Once again, not having a General Manager (GM) on the team created unwanted disorder. This was the icing on the cake for all players with the emotional buildup over the years. We knew all we could do is stick together, try to stay positive and enjoy the Olympics the best that we could. As a team, we know if we were well prepared to play in the Olympics, there would be no doubt we could have advanced out of our bracket. To our loyal Fans that has been by our side, we appreciate you all.”

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Striker Targets Highest Goal Scorer Award

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The striker of the Railway FC of Port Harcourt, Emmanuel Woko, has said that his target is to win the highest goal scorer and the most valuable player award at  the ongoing Rumumoji Unity Traders Football competition.
He stated that, as a striker his job is to score goals, adding that knowing the importance of the competition, he wants to write his name with a gold pen by winning the highest goals scorer award.
Woko said this, on Monday in an exclusive interview with Tidesports just after he scored his first goal of the tournament against Provision Store FC.
He expressed happiness for opening the net in the 3-1 victory against Provision Store FC,  adding that they prepared very well for the tournament.
“We have worked very hard for this game and I am sure we are  going to be victorious at the end of the competition.
No tournament is easy but it depends on your preparation, I think we prepared well coming to this competition.
I feel so happy for scoring my first goal in this competition.
My target is to become the highest goal scorer and the most valuable player of the tournament.
I say thank you, for the organiser of the competition because it is a way of giving the youths opportunity to showcase their talent,” Woko said.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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