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Lagos Wins Oshonaike Table Tennis Championship

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Lagos State representatives dominated this year’s edition of Funke Oshonaike Table Tennis Top 16 tournament clinching the first three positions in the boys category.
The final of the tournament saw Azeez Solanke between  Jamiu Ayanwale 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-4) to emerge the overall winner while another Lagos boy Augustine Emmanuel took the third position.
The Tidesports source who covered the tournament, reports that both players displayed their skills which kept spectators on the edge
It was also another clean sweep for Lagos State as  Nimota Aregbesola, Alimot Ayinla took the first and second positions in the girls category leaving Ondo’s entry, Agnes Onoja, to take the third spot.
Speaking to newsmen  after the match Aregbesola attributed her success to hard work and remaining focused.
She said that it was not an easy competition right from the group stage.
“ I fought right from the group stage in order to emerge the winner. Every person I played against was equally a tough opponent,” she said.
In the same vein Solanke attributed his success to self confidence and open mind.
Solanke said that he put in his best at all times refused to be distracted.
“ It was a tough competition because the best cadet and junior players were the ones in attendance.
“ We all fought so hard on the table and gave it all our best,” he said.
The first position boys and girls got N50,000 each with table tennis balls,shirts and a crate of egg while the runners up got N30,000 each, shirts, table tennis balls and a crate of egg.
Third place got N15,000 each, shirts, a create of egg and table tennis balls.
Sadia Akeem and Temidayo Ajayi emerged most talented girl and boy players at the competition and got N5,000 each, shirt and a crate of egg.
Tidesports source reports that 28 players participated  in the competition made up of  18 males and 10 females.
The tournament was preceded by a clinic on Feb 26 while the competition commenced March 2.
The tournament was held at the Knock-up Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.

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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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