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States To Feature In Copa Coca-Cola Football

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No fewer than 32 states
will feature in the 2016 edition of the Copa Coca Cola football event across the country.
Senior Brand Manager of the company, Gbolahan Sani, gave the figure at a news conference held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on yesterday in Lagos.
Sani said that the aim was to enable more schools in the country to participate and benefit from the grassroots-oriented programme.
“The last edition of the programme in 2015 was held in 10 cities across the country, but this year, we have decided to take the competition to 32 states in Nigeria.
“With these 32 states, no fewer than 3,000 schools will be part of the event and we believe it will have positive impact on football at the grassroots,” he said.
Sani said the winner of the competition would receive N1million, while the second would receive N500, 000 and the third place winner would get N250, 000.
The brand manager said two outstanding participants at the event would attend the Copa international camp in France in July.
Also, Ibrahim Muhammed, President of the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), commended the sponsor of the competition for promoting sport at the grassroots.
Muhammed said that the competition would continue to enhance unity among children from different cultural backgrounds.
“We are grateful to Coca Cola for their continuous support in developing and identifying young talents at the grassroots.
“We appeal to other corporate bodies to support sports at the grassroots,” he said.
Muhammed, however, urged the media to give the event more publicity in order to encourage participants.
“Instead of reporting about stars like Messi and Ronaldo always, let us support these young talents by reporting the event,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state preliminaries of the event would hold from April 7 to April 27 while the state final would hold on April 30.
The grand finale of the event would hold from May 29 to June 5 in Lagos.

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NPFL : Eguma Urges Rivers People To Keep Faith

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The Technical Manager of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Stanley Eguma, has called on Rivers State people to be faithful and support the team, saying that they would not let them down this Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) season.
He said that, all the players in the team are hungry for success this season, adding that, he is planning with the players that have winning mentality.
Eguma said this on Sunday in his post match interview with sports journalists shortly after they saw off Kwara United with 3-0 in the match day six of the NPFL, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
He appreciated his players for the victory, adding that initially the game was a bit difficult.
According to him, his players were more technical on the ball, pointing out that he had to change the tactics of the game.
“Rivers people should still have faith and support the team because we will not let them down this season.
The league is a marathon one; it is not yet time to sing songs.
It is still work in progress.
We started well but we still have hope that the team will improve more on their performance because every club in the league is very strong,” Eguma stated.
He noted that his team last season did not change but the approach and mentality of the players have changed the game.
He disclosed that the team is highly motivated and taking care of, saying, most of the players want to deliver and make name for themselves.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Chukwu Blames Rohr For Not Developing NPFL Players

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Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain Christian Chukwu, has blamed former National Coach Gernot Rohr for not developing the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) players.
He disclosed that Rohr was employed to build the NPFL players for them to get opportunity to play in European clubs rather than concentrating on foreign- based players.
Chukwu said this on Monday in a television programme monitored by Tidesports in Port Harcourt, adding that Rohr was supposed to base in Nigeria to enable him get in touch with the home base players.
According to him, Rohr failed for the development of the home-based- players, adding that, before now, all other coaches gave the home-based players the opportunity to showcase themselves in the national team.
Chukwu who had also coached the Super Eagles team, explained that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not believe in Nigerian coaches, adding that, he is happy with what the interim coach, Austin Eguavoen is doing with the Super Eagles within the short period of time.
” Rohr was employed to develop our national players but he concentrated on foreign- based players.
We have players in the NPFL who are very good but they were not giving opportunity under Rohr to play in the national team.
All the players we have before now were home- based players”, Chukwu stated.

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Eguavoen To Effect Changes Against Guinea-Bissau

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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed that he would be making some changes in the final group match against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau tomorrow so as to give players who have not tested action some game time.
Tidesports source reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their opening two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan and are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
“Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau.
“We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” he said.
Eguavoen also warned his players against complacency and taking their chances in front of goal in subsequent matches.
“No game comes easy. We knew it was going to be tough and tried as much as possible to be ready for any opponent that comes our way.
“So it’s a little bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not but we will discuss this with the boys going forward,” he added.

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