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Rivers United’s Skipper Sure To Clinch Victory In Tunisia

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The Captain of Rivers United football club of Port Harcourt, Austine Festus has assured the sponsors of the club that they will secure victory against club Africa of Tunisia, in Tunis tomorrow, saying that the new players injected into the team have the capacity to win any team in the group.
He stated that his players are in formed, mentally, psychologically and physically balanced to execute any game, adding that such atmosphere have been created for the players to perform optimally.
Festus said these in an exclusive interview with Tidesports on Wednesday in Port Harcourt saying that in spite of the fact that the club is new in continental competition, have the experience gotten from Nigeria Football professional league NPFL) will be an advantage.
“We are really prepared for this confederation cup, in terms of training and otherwise. Our technical adviser Stanley Eguma has actually worked on the team’s grey areas most especially the aspect of converting goals which is most significant in football”, Festus said.
According to him, the FA cup they won on Tuesday in the state is another psychological and morale booster, adding that the victory has also given the team confident that they will run away with three points from Tunisia.
“our major target is to win the African Confederation cup trophy, together with league title this season. We also want to assure our fans, supporters and sponsors that the team will come back to enviable position on the log, as the players have vowed to put in their best to make the state proud”, he stated.
Festus, further appeal to Nigerians to support them in all aspects to secure victory noting that as the only club carrying the nation’s flag in the continent they would not disappoint the country.

 

Tonye Orabere

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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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