Towards cementing the
nascent peace and youth empowerment in Khana Local government area of Rivers State, a football tournament tagged Peace and Unity Cup kicked off in Bori, Khana LGA on Sunday.
The competition, a cording to the care-taker Committee Chairman of Khana Council, Hon. Sunny Bekanwah, is being played among 32 teams across all the villages in the local government area. Also, the first phase a youth empowerment scheme in the area commenced alongside the football tournament.
Speaking to newsmen shortly before kickoff of the competition in Bori, the Chairman said that the Council decided to embark on the tournament to enhance the peace currently prevailing in the communities and empower the youth.
He said that after consultations, he discovered that football would be a good tool to use to foster peace among the youth and give them the platform to further explore their talents.
“The game of football engenders peace and as a youth leader and from interaction, we know that it is football that we can use to cement the existing peace in the area. The youth are happy that we chose football”, he said.
The Chairman however, explained that sporting activities in the area would not be limited to football as the council has put together a team to assess the area and see other sports that could be explored.
Meanwhile, the football tournament which is expected to end on the 13th of this month will attract the sum of N500,000, N3000,000 and N2000,000 prize money, respectively to the winners, first and second runners up in the competition, while the overall best player and goalkeeper will each earn the sum of N300,000.
At the end of the day, the Council hopes to keep together players discovered from the tournament, wean them and form a team that can fly the flag of the local government.
In the opening match on Sunday, Zaakpon United FC pipped Gbenebomaa FC of Bane 1-0, courtesy of a second half strike by substitute Gbaranwi Savior.
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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