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Okorocha Indicted Over Heartland Relegration

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The former Governor of Imo State, Dr Ikedi Ohakim has overtly accused the incumbent Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, of fully contributing to the recent relegation of Heartland Football Club, Owerri, to the Second Division.
He made the disclosure in Ikeduru recently when he delivered a lecture/keynote address in a synod held at Saint John’s Anglican Church, Owu-Amakohia, Ikeduru.
The former governor through the Synod theme: Cultivating Contentment As A Flower Of Heaven”, reiterated that Heartland players got relegated to the Division Two due to their disobedience to the referee during their last match with Plateau United of Jos.
He stated that the players of Heartland walked out of the football pitch during their last match, noting that they emulated such disobedience from the state Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who has penchant for not obeying the rule of law.
He blamed the governor for not taking adequate financial treatment of the club seriously, compared to his administration that gave Heartland Football Club all the required facilities to operate, which enabled them to win some laurels.
According to the Ohakim, “In my regime, I contracted Ben Iroha, Sampson Siasia, Kalu Nwankwo and Ikeh Shoromu, who brought in a wonderful football development to the club.
He frowned at a situation where Heartland Football Club has been the only Division One club in the South-East that has been on relegation against the expectations of the people.
The ex-governor asserted that the way the Heartland Club was underfunded by the governor affected other segments of the state, making Imolities lose interest in government activities.
He said that good governance, as drawn from the tenure of the synod, are qualities expected that should move the country forward, pointing out that good leaders should always exhibit certain notable features associated with eagles which must include vision, courage and fearlessness.
Meanwhile, in a keynote address by the Ikeduru Anglican Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, urged leaders to be contented as one of the flowers of Heaven, which calls for effective cultivation by all Christians.
The revered Bishop noted that contentment would not grow naturally in humans without learning it.
He made reference to the book of Philippians 4:11. The synod attracted a good number of personalities from both religious and political bodies.

 

Valentine Nduka, Owerri

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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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