Ahead of major international competitions, a Super Heavyweight boxer, Ajagba Efe, has urged the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) to provide the necessary facilities and logistics for boxers to perform credibly.
Ajagba spoke against the backdrop of his poor performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
Tidesports gathered that Ajagba, Nigeria’s only boxer to the Games, lost at the quarter-finals to the world’s number two pugilist in the heavyweight category, Ivan Dychko,.
“It is very important to put everything in place for the boxers who went through tough stages to qualify the country for major Games at any level.
“It’s necessary for boxers who have qualified for Games to have their sparring partners in the contingent so that their final stage of training can be effective.
“I have to give this advice because of my experience in last year’s Olympics where I had my coach and two other officials without a sparring partner in camp.
“That really affected me because I was only following the instructions of my coach without a sparring partner to contend with, so such skimpy arrangements should be avoided in subsequent tournaments,’’ he said.
The 22-year-old boxer urged the federation to consider the inclusion of sparring partners and make its proposals early to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for prompt release of funds.
“The only way the federation can meet its needs is to approach the sports authorities with adequate budget that must include sparring partners in the team list,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that Ajagba, won a gold medal in the men’s Super Heavyweight class beating Keddy Angnes of the Seychelles 3-0 in the final of the 2015 African Games in Brazaville, Congo.
He also asked the federation to ensure exposure of boxers to many competitions before major games, noting that it would enhance their skills.
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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