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Balogun Urges Ministry, NFF To Work Together

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A renowned sport analyst, Tayo Balogun, yesterday urged the Federal Ministry of Sports and Nigeria Football Federation to work together to ensure successful outing for the Super Eagles at the World Cup.
Balogun told Tidesports source in Ibadan on telephone from his base in the U.S. that the synergy was necessary for a strong outing in Russia.
“I’m agitating for a good cordial synergy between both parties because they have to be on the same page at all times.
“The preparations should be on both the players and of Nigeria’s participation regarding spectators.
“Aside the mapped out friendly matches for the Super Eagles, machineries should also be in place to have as many supporters there as possible.
“Plans should be made for flags and Jerseys to be provided for Nigeria’s supporters in Russia. This will serve as morale boosters for the players.
“I am sure there are several Nigerians resident in Russia and plans should be made ahead to coordinate their support for the Super Eagles,” he said.
Balogun told Tidesprots that Nigeria should also take advantage of Mikel Obi’s wife who happened to be a Russian citizen, to court the support of Russian fans.
“Our captain is married to a Russian and that would aid in us getting some support from Russians.
“This will help in getting some form of empathy from Russians and we should build up on that.
“Russians would know that Nigeria has some kind of tie with them and that will pull some crowd for us,” he said.

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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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