The Rivers State Government will soon unveil a blue-print on school sports development.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on School Sports, Aribitonye Okiri made this known, over the weekend, in a chat with Tidesports in his office in Port Harcourt.
He stated that already, a contingent of intellectuals, stakeholders and philanthropists have been invited to draft the blue print on school sport development in the state, subject to ratification by the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Okiri said as his office is saddled with the responsibility of school sports development; he would ensure that relevant stakeholders in education and sport sector been consulted to achieve the aim, as he intend to engage youths in schools to learn with their educational curriculum in line with the National School Sport Federation.
He noted that budding talents would be discovered and harnessed for future engagements as well as further help their physical and mental capacity.
Okiri said that he intends to use the power of sport to create wealth and also as a means to engage youths, dissuade them from social vices, restiveness and to build friendship and peaceful coexistence.
The Governor’s aide hinted that plans were on for a school sports implementation policy that would look at the past and create capacity for the state, stressing that there are enormous sporting potentials in the schools and need to collaborate with the various sport Associations, as sport is capital intensive.
According to him, investment in sport is one of the biggest brands in the world and therefore all hands must be on deck as everybody has a part to play in sport development.
Okiri further hinted that the office is in talking terms with ANCOOPS both public and private, liaising with the Ministry of Education as they are the Supervising Authorities, Rivers State School Board and Universal Basic Education (UBE) with a view to getting the best in collective page as to identify challenges and see how to attract attention to solving those problems inorder to achieve the goal of development school sport in the state.
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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