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Rivers Angels Coach Lauds Players …As They Beat Osun Babes 2-1

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Head coach of Rivers Angels FC, of Rivers State, Edwin Okon, lauded his players, as they beat Osun Babes, of Osun State 2-1, last Thursday, at Yakubu Gowon Stadium, in Port Harcourt.
The encounter was a rescheduled match day three of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).
Briefing sports journalists after the game, Coach Okon said that the important thing in a league competition is to secure the three points at stake.
“It was a very good game, especially grabbing the three points in front of your home fans and supporters. This is a good result for the club, “Okon said.
“Winning is very important and that is what the team wants, and to qualify for the top four,” he said.
The Jewel of Rivers gets the first goal in the 13th minute by Blessing Okpe, while the second goal was in the 56th minute. As Osun Babes scored their consolation goal in the 82nd minute by Omodele Kemi, that came from the bench.
Also speaking, the head coach of Osun Babes, Liadi Bashir described the match as very interesting, saying that both teams put in a good performance.
He commended the referee for his unbiased officiating and attributed their loss to fatigue.
“We came a bit late for the match that is why we struggled in the first half of the game. In the second half, we were better than them,” Bashir said.
He noted that his club is currently at the bottom on the league table, but expressed confidence that his team would come tops before the League will end.

 

Kiadum Edookor

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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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