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‘Nigeria Can Excel Internationally With Adequate Support’

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Nigeria has all it takes to excel in football and to become the best on the African continent.
The Coordinator, Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Secretaries Forum, Mr Chibuzor Nwogu, said this in an interview newsman on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, all we need to do is to bring all our potential to bear, and to create an enabling environment for football to thrive.
He noted that though, much was being done to improve the sport in the country, a lot still needed to be done for Nigeria to get it right.
“We have great potential in football, there are budding talents all across the country, we need to deploy our resources toward making sure we bring them on board,’’ Nwogu said.
Nwogu, who is also the secretary of Enyimba FC, said that there was the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure Nigeria became a country to reckon with in terms of football.
Speaking on Enyimba Football Club’s performance in the league season, he said that the club did not really play many matches due to the activities of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Nwogu, however, said that the club had achieved a lot, adding that the management of the club was putting measures in place to ensure the club excelled in the NPFL.
Commenting on the sack of former Head Coach of Enyimba FC, Usman Abdallah, he said that the management of the club felt he had been managing the club for a long time and there was the need to inject “fresh blood with new ideas’’ into the club.
According to him, Abdallah is a good coach any time, any day but has to move on to more adventurous ventures and he is doing well in his present assignment.
Tidesports source gathered that Abdallah was sacked after the club’s 0-4 loss to Plateau United on January. 3.
According to  the management of the FC, after disappointing results, the club decided to remove the Head Coach Abdallah in order for it to regain its lost glory.
On the maiden edition of the NPFL Club Secretaries Forum Annual General Meeting/Awards, Nwogu noted that it was aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the sector to contribute and exchange ideas on how to move football forward.
He said that it was also to recognise and give awards to some governors and stakeholders who have contributed immensely to the development of sports in Nigeria.
The Enyimba FC secretary listed the governors to include Nyesome Wike of Rivers, Ifeanyi  Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Simon Lalong of Plateau and Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia.
Other stakeholders he said are Sunday Dare, the minister of Sports, the President of the Nigeria Football Association (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, the General Secretary, NFF Dr Sanusi Mohammed, and the Chairman, League Management Compqny (LMC), Shehu Dikko among others.
Tidesports reports that the event which opened yesterday will end tomorrow.

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NFF’s Involvement In Super Six Is Encouraging – Danjuma

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Coach of Nigeria’s U-20 national women’s team, Christopher Danjuma, has stated that the massive involvement of the Nigeria Football Federation’s top shots and executives at the ongoing Super Six tournament in Ijebu Ode is a clear indication that women’s football in Nigeria is now being reckoned with.
Danjuma, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that having the Federation’s big wigs attending in person is a big plus to the game and also indicative of the growth of the women’s game in the country.
“It means that women’s football is being reckoned with, the people are reckoning with it. If Pinick can be there, Seyi Akinwumi can be there, the Coach of the Super Falcons, it’s really encouraging; it is encouraging seriously it is encouraging,” he added.

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‘D’Tigers Can’t Be Scared Of Any Team’

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Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Basketball national team, D’Tigers, Odaudu Ogoh, has stated that Nigeria has come of age in basketball and blessed with an abundance of talented players as not to be scared of facing any team at the games.
Ogoh, speaking in a chat with Tidesports source stressed that getting the selection right and having a good time to prepare the team will be what is needed to be strong enough to face any opposition in the Basketball event at the fast-approaching Olympic games in Tokyo.
“As regards basketball, there is no team that Nigeria is going to be scared of right now. We have come of age, it’s just for us to get our acts together, pick the best that we can, have quality time to prepare and we can give any team a run for their money and hopefully make further progress.”

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Olympics: Duru Rues Nigeria’s Missed Opportunities

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Lobi Stars and home-based Super Eagles defender. Ebube Duru is ruing missed opportunities for Nigerian players after coming to the realities of Nigeria’s imminent absence at the football events of the Olympic games for men and women following the draws on Wednesday.
Duru, who played in the ill-fated U23 national team side under current Abia Warriors’ Coach, Imama Amapakabo told Tiesports source that he saw the draws and couldn’t help but regret what a massive opportunity was missed by Nigerian players especially those who ply their trade in the domestic league and would have been able to showcase themselves to the rest of the world via the games.
“I saw it and the first thing that came to my mind was, we were supposed to be playing, it’s so painful though we didn’t go for the Nation’s Cup to play the qualifiers, it’s very painful seeing that the biggest platform where you can showcase yourself and market yourself to the world, you’re not there. So it’s very painful.”

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