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Oyo State Vows To Retain U-19 Cricket Title

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Oyo State team, yesterday vowed to retain its title at the South-West U-19 Cricket Tournament  tagged “The Jide Bademosi Cup”, currently underway at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.
Johnson Idakwo, Head Coach, Oyo State Cricket Association (OSCA) told newsmen that its cricketers were fully prepared and motivated to win.
“We are here to defend our title which we won at the maiden edition in 2017. The tournament is superb and fantastic. I have seen a lot of good talents from other states taking part.
“This tournament is like a talent hunt discovery and it’s a very good one for the development of cricket in Nigeria.
“We are prepared and not scared, we will approach every game as they come. I’m  optimistic that we’ll retain the title,” he said.
Tidesports source reports that four states, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and Osun are participating in the competition ending on Saturday.
Idakwo added that five players from the Oyo State are currently in the national team.
“Three of the players were at the U-19 World Cup and presently we have two players at the national camp preparing for a tournament in Kenya.
“Akachukwu Chima, Vincent Adewuyi and Sulaiman  Runsewe are all grassroots players doing both Oyo State and Nigeria proud. They are all in the national team right now,” he said.
He added that there are lots of improvement in the players from what he saw at the 2017 maiden edition.
“There is no underdog in this tournament. I’m surprised to see that Osun is being represented by a formidable strong team. I see them bat, bowl and their warm-up is fantastic,” he said.
It would be recalled that Oyo State won the maiden edition in 2017 after defeating Ogun by 191 runs to 113.

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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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