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Rangers Coach Optimistic Ahead Of New NPFL Season

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Rangers International FC Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has expressed optimism of a good campaign ahead of the new season as the team begins camping in Abakaliki.
Salisu led a squad of 40 players and his backroom staff for a week’s camping exercise in Abakaliki on Monday, ahead of the commencement of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
Before travelling to Ebonyi state, Rangers had trained at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Stadium, Salisu said with what he has seen from the players, the club will excel in the coming season.
“Sincerely, with what I have seen of the players since we resumed, I believe we shall make our fans very happy at the end of the season. As we go for the one-week close camping in Abakaliki, it will give us ample opportunity to do the finishing touch to the team we are building to fly our flag very high,” the Rangers boss said.
While in Abakaliki, Rangers will engage some teams in friendly games with fellow NPFL side, Dakkada expected to be among the clubs.
Twenty-seven retained and ten new players made the trip for the close camping with former Dakkada players, Femi Ajayi and Esor Achibong, leading the new ‘Antelopes’ while Osas Okoro, Ibrahim Olawoyin, Tony Shimaga and Israel Abia headline the numbers among the retained players.
Rangers will kick start their campaign with a trip to Port-Harcourt where they will lock horns with Rivers United, before returning to the Coal City to play host to Akwa United F.C a week later.

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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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