The Head coach of the Rivers State Muay Thai Association, Princewill Gaius, has appealed to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to approve the sport as scoring sport in major competitions, especially National Sports Festival.
Gaius made the appeal last Wednesday during an exclusive interview with Tidesports at the karate dojo, Alfred Diette Spiff Sports Complex, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.
According to him, the sports, had met the demands of the ministry of sports to demonstrate at least twice as a sport before participating in sports festivals, saying that, the association is now fit and ready to take part in National Sports Festival (NSF) and the annual National Youth Games (NYG) if the approval is given.
He noted that despite the efforts made to ensure that the sport is developed at the state and national level, the sport still suffers setback based on it’s inability to take part in major competitions in Nigeria.
“Muay Thai came into being in the country in the early 80’s by a Thai, Engineer Winches at the Thailand Community, Lagos State,” Coach Gaius said.
He noted that the association is recognised by the International Federation of Muay Thai. Amateur (IFMA), saying that, the body has been participating in international competitions.
“We have been attending competitions outside the country to represent the state and the country, l think it’s time for us to have the approval to also participate in major competitions, such as the National Sports Festival and the National Youth Games,” he added.
He also said that as a coach he has put in his best to ensure that the sports grow in the state interms of funding and otherwise.
“I have worked hard to see that Muay Thai gets to the desired height in the state, l personally ensure that l and my technical crew went to llorin, Kwara State for the National Youth Games even the National Sport Festival to gain experience and knowledge of how it works and what it takes to be there, even if the sport is yet to be approved as scoring,” he said.
He explained that though he has got some signal and necessary documentation from the state Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye, but would feel better and relaxed when his expectations have been met.
He however, said that he will also be at this edition of the NYG as usual as he hopes and prayed that come next year’s NSF, tagged “Edo 2020” to be hosted by Edo State, Muay Thai will participate as Scoring sport.
Meanwhile, the 2019 edition of the NYG commences tomorrow 7 september to last through 17 of this month.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
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.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
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.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
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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