The Rivers State Minis
try of Sports has thrown its wait behind the maiden edition of Go Round/SWAN Secondary Schools Athletics Championships being organised among the 23 local government areas of the state.
The championship is being sponsored by the President of God Round Fc, Omoku, Rivers State Bro Felix Obuah in partnership with Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Rivers State branch for U-17 secondary school students.
Speaking yesterday when the main organizing committee (MOC) and the sponsor of the championship paid him a courtesy visit in his office, commissioner for sports, Hon Boma Iyaye said that the sports ministry would fully support the successful staging of the exercise.
According to him, the championship is a great initiative that the ministry would have no choice but to support.
“It is what we are supposed to be doing and the fact that an individual is doing it for us, we must support it, especially, under the regime of Governor Nyesom Wike, who has shown great desire and support for sports development in the state and beyond”.
The Commissioner directed the support and make necessary facilities available for the championship.
He noted that government alone cannot handle sports promotion and development, saying that the only way to go is for individuals and the private sector to come in. He also urged individuals and companies to support the venture.
Iyaye believes that the championship is gong to be a major sports festival that will benefit the state, provide athletes that would represent the state and Nigeria.
Speaking earlier, the sponsor of the championship, Bro Obuah said that the vision behind the venture was to discover and catch talents young, explore a way to engage the youth by creating a platform for career opportunities for the young generation.
Also speaking, Chairman of the MOC, Mr Honour Sirawoo described sport as a money spinning venture. He said that the sponsor in partnership with SWAN is using his personal funds to add value to the society and create alternative means of sourcing revenue.
Sirawoo said that the championship would put exiting infrastructure to good use with the vision to seeing Rivers sons and daughters representing the state and country.
He added that the competition would provide job for the youth and that discovered talents would be put at the disposal of government.
He further harped on the need for government to be part of the vision and add pep to the championship.
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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