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S’Eagles’ll Miss Mikel, Ighalo -Etebo

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John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo would remain a big miss for Nigeria, concedes Oghenekaro Etebo, with the Super Eagles still coming to terms with their retirement.
After the Super Eagles clinched third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the duo drew the curtains on their international careers.
Mikel, 32, was the first to bow out before Egypt 2019 top scorer Ighalo followed the path of the former Chelsea star.
Coach Gernot Rohr is prepared to put faith in the likes of Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen as replacements for the duo.
The Getafe man said it was clear that the three-time African kings would miss Mikel and Ighalo for their leadership attributes, but believes Osimhen can fill the vacuum left by the Manchester United striker.
“They are leaders who we are going to be missed in the dressing room,” he stated.
“Mikel was a leader; I recall how he helped us during the Olympics when we had issues during our preparations for the Games. Not because I played with him but for the impact he had on me as a player.
“They helped the team make vital decisions during tough times and I guess it was just time for them to move on.
“Ighalo on his part is a goal poacher that we also miss but thank God that we have another goal poacher in [Victor] Osimhen, but we have to be patient with him to settle in well into that role.”
After the coronavirus pandemic, Rohr is expected to begin life without the retired players as Nigeria would be hoping to qualify for the 2021 Afcon billed for Cameroon.

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PFA’s Head Coach Makes Case For Football Academies

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The Head Coach of Peace Football Academy (PFA) in Lagos State, Gbolahan Dare Ojo, has called on both government and multi-nationals to assist grassroots football academies in all ramifications.
He stated that policies should also be formulated on how to develop sports in the country, mostly football.
Ojo, who is also the manager of PFA, made the call yesterday, on a telephone interview with Tidesports, saying that football has become one of the lucrative businesses in the world.
“ I want to call on all governments to prioritised sports development in the country. Football has become a career and lucrative business,” Ojo said.
According to him, his academy was established 2014 and has more than 30 players, since then it has  discovered hidden talents that are potential Super Eagles players.
“As manager of a football academy , my challenge currently is finance. I need sponsors. I virtually use my personal money to buy boots etc, for some children. We all know some parents are not handy,” he stated.
The Kogi-born footballer, who played for defunct Sharks FC of Port Harcourt,  in 2003/2004 season appealled to well-meaning individuals and corporate organisations to come to his aid, to sponsor his academy.
He explained that sports development is an holistic thing, it is not meant for a particular sector, but collective approach towards grassroots sports development will make the country have abundant talents.

 

By: Tonye Orabere

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NPFL: We Deserve To Be Crowned Champions – Golbe

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Plateau United Captain, Elisha Golbe, says he is disappointed that his side will not be crowned Nigeria Professional Football League champions this season with all the accompanying fanfare.
Plateau United were the favourite to win the 2019-2020 Nigeria Professional Football League season, but their dream suffered huge set back as the campaign was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with 13 matches remaining.
After long deliberation, the Nigeria Football Federation, League Management Company and the 20 Club Chairmen agreed to end the season abruptly without crowing champions.
While speaking to Tidesports source, Elisa, said his side deserved to be crowned Champions by the LMC and other stakeholders with all the ceremonies as true champions.
“It was disappointing that we were not crowned as champions with because I believed we deserved it.
“We were the most consistent team, won most ceremonies matches, conceded the least goals and we sat comfortably on top of the table, so it is sad that they didn’t award us the title”, he told Tidesports source.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company adopted point per game model to determine the final, standing and Plateau United kept their place on top of the league.
They are joined by Enyimba in the CAF Champions League next season.

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Nasarawa Backs PPG Adoption

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Nasarawa United coach, Bala Nkiyu, has backed the adoption of the Point per game measure as a league ending measure after the release of the final PPG table by the League management company of Nigeria.
Speaking in a brief chat with Tidesports source, Nkiyu said the adoption of the Weighted PPG table was borne out of the need to maintain fairness and he feels strongly that the final table represents the fairest way to end the season with equity notwithstanding who may have been affected by the system.
“This PPG they have concluded issues and we don’t pray for such occurrence again. And one thing with Nigeria is anything that does not favour you is a problem, that thing is not good. All I know is that the people that took the decision none of them were biased.”

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