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Para Table Tennis Player Promises To Win Medal

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A para-table tennis athlete, Faith Bazuaye, yesterday in Lagos assured that she had prepared adequately to be able to win a medal at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Bazuaye told Tidesporsts source that she resumed camping in January under the supervision of Bello Nasiru, the National Coach of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF).
She said the training which was targeted at putting her in a good shape for a glorious performance has fine tuned her skills and got her ready for the Games.
“Being the only female player in the para-table tennis event for Nigeria, I know that expectations are high because of the previous record of female players in past Commonwealth Games.
“But I am confident that we will have an improved performance.
“It has been a period of dedication, and our coach has ensured that he places us at par with what it takes to excel and we are happy with his supervision,” the athlete said.
The Class 10 category player applauded the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports and NTTF board for their support.
“The authorities made adequate provision for accommodation, welfare and training facilities which helped us to concentrate and adapt to the preparation schedule,” she said.
Tidesports source reports that home-based Bazuaye and Holland-based Tope Ogunsanya have been confirmed as the country’s representatives in the 2018 Commonwealth Games’ para-table tennis event.
The Games, tagged “2018 Gold Coast”, will hold at Gold Coast in Australia from April 4 to April 15, with Nigeria featuring in 10 sports.
The sports are athletics, boxing, basketball, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, gymnastics, para-athletics, para-table tennis and para-powerlifting.

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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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