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RSG Pledges To Rebuild Sports Institute

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The Rivers State Government has reiterated its determination to support the Sports Institute of Rivers State (SIRS), Isaka to regain its lost glory as the school held its first Inter-House Sports competition after two decades.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Honour Sirawoo, made the assertion during the 7th Inter-House sports competition of the Institute held at the Sports Arena, Isaka, in Okrika Local Government Area over the weekend.
Sirawoo, the chief guest of Honour, who was represented by Collins Amadi of the state authority said the institute as a parastatal will not be abandoned in terms of facilities.
He assured that the Ministry of Sports will ensure that the institute was given its rightful place especially in sports and others and formerly declared the competition open.
In his remarks, chairman of the occasion, Chief Aribitonye Okiri, who is also the special adviser to the Governor on School Sports Development, said the institute which represented sports and academic pursuit had written its name in gold adding that the Rivers State Government is determined to establish schools sports programme.
Okiri, who was represented by Hon. Omanginma Harry enjoined the students to regard themselves as future heroes in sports and academics, and urged the authorities of the· school to interact with him as the doors of his office are always open for them.
He thanked the management of institute for all their efforts and called for partnership in sports development.
Earlier in his address, the Director, of the Institute, Mr Mike Okocha, expressed dismay that the 2020 annual Inter-House Sports Competition was holding 20 years after the last one was held due to various challenges; but will carry out the functions stipulated by the Edict No 4 of 1987 on the establishment of the institute.
Okocha further noted that the facilities and equipment of the institute called for urgent attention as they were out to provide opportunities for the youths to learn recreational skills and for physical fitness to be mentally alert.
At the end of the competition, Okrika Local Government Council Chairman’s House (Red) came first with 372 points, followed by Isaka House (Yellow) with 358 points while Naval Superintendent. House (Green) chalked the third position and Spiff House (Blue) with 312 points occupied the fourth place.

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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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