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ITF Trainees Laud Organisers

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Trainees  in the on-going International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved tennis coaches course level I in Port Harcourt have hailed the organisers of the  training as it has enabled them have the knowledge  of new techniques, rules and  regulations of the game in line with international  standard.
The trainees who barred  their  minds in a chat with  Tidesports at Port Harcourt tennis  court yesterday  said they were impressed with the  International  Tennis Federation (ITF)  Instructor, Rotimi Akinloye, who is painstakingly coaching them on the  modern  techniques of the game.
According to  them, with  what they have learnt, they would go back and impart the knowledge  as Grade  level I coaches to junior and senior players of all categories.
They opined that such coaching  courses should be a continuous one inorder to refresh  their  memories  and keep them abreast  with the  modern  trend of the game certified  as they are now coaches.
Alex Victor, who based in Port Harcourt said the  training was good and encouraging  as it would enable  him to  know how to bring up  beginners and how to guide those who are already in the game,  and commended the organizing  crew for a job well done.
Another trainee, Dagogo Atorudibo described the coaching course as the  best as it has opened his eyes to the different levels of trainings among children and adults and also thanked the  organisers.
Okudile Jonathan  from Aba, Abia  State said, “it is  encouraging and I did not even  expect it like this, but from what I have seen, it is something every future tennis  players and coaches should aspire and involve in the  course”, adding that all the  trainees  are happy with the outcome.
A Lagos based tennis players, Alayoki Olarenwaju noted that it was  an eye-opener to improve his  level and standard in tennis as he  had gained a lot from instructor  Akintoye, promising  to impart the knowledge to others.
The professional tennis player solicited for its continuity and also gave kudos  to the organizer, saying “It is a welcomed development “.
Some notable tennis players at the training course include, one time Nigeria number one player, Sunday Maku, the co-ordinator Kodak Tennis Academy, Stella Epegu, Port Harcourt Club tennis champion, Emma Afangide, Nigeria Port Authority  (NPA) Port Harcourt number one player,  Peter Ekpeyong, a state  tennis coach, Kiri among others.

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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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