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15-Year-Old Sprinter Gets Scholarship

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The drive by Making of
Champions (MOC), an athletics consulting firm and club, to ensure better education and career for its athletes has benefitted Chiamaka Egbochinam, a 15-year-old sprinter.
Egbochinam, dubbed Nigeria’s fastest 15-year-old, was awarded a two-year Secondary School Scholarship by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Ltd (SNEPCo), Oil & Gas company.
Bambo Akani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Making of Champions, an athletics consulting firm and club, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Lagos.
The statement said that Egbochinam got the title of MOC’s ”Nigeria’s fastest 15-year old’’ after he won bronze medl in the 100m and 200m at the 2016 National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin, Kwara.
She had a personal best time of 12.08 secs in the 100m and 25.25 secs in the 200m.
The statement said the teenager was discovered at MOC’s 2015 Top Sprinter Enugu Auditions.
She also won a gold in the 100m and bronze medal in the 200m at the 2015 Lagos Finals of Top Sprinter competition with a time of 12.62 secs and 26.21 secs.
The statement also said that Egbochinam was the third beneficiary of MOC’s Student-Athlete Scholarship and that the scholarship would see her through her secondary school education.
“Earlier this year, Joy Udo-Gabriel and Jeremiah Jakpa were awarded a `four-year university scholarships, courtesy of another oil and gas company, ARCO Group, to study at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) respectively.
“The two university scholarship awardees would also be training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with MOC’s Olympic Medallist and Coache Deji Aliu and his assistant Uchenna Emedolu,’’ it quoted Akani as saying.
The statement said that the scholarship covered tuition, accommodation, nutrition, training and competition costs for the next two years.

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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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