Edo state governor, comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has commended super eagle’s chief coach, Amodu Shaibu, for leading the senior national team to clinch the 2010 world cup ticket. In a congratulatory message to coach Shaibu and the team, comrade Oshiomhole noted that the qualification has brought great relief to Nigerians and has demonstrated that Nigerian’s football has come of age despite some obvious challenges.
“I am proud of your accomplishments and track record in coaching the national team and believe that the future of Nigerian soccer lies in indigenous coaches like you” the Edo state governor added.
He urged the coach to go back to the drawing board to firm up a strong strategy to guide the super eagles’ 2010 world cup campaign. He added that “this time around, we must aim to win and not just be contended with merely participating”.
Meanwhile, kinsmen of Coach Shuaibu Amodu have condemned calls by Nigerians that a foreign technical adviser should be employed to replace Amodu after qualifying Super Eagles for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The Osegba of Okpella, Chief Peter Aronokhale told Tidesports that in 2002 a similar call for the replacement of Amodu and noted that the failure of Super Eagles to qualify for the host World Cup was because chief coach Shuaibu Amodu was no longer in charge of the national team.
He said it was regrettable that in that world soccer fiesta, Amodu from Osagie Otabor, Benin was later replaced by Adegboye Onigbinde who according to him could not take the Super Eagles for the World Cup in South Korea 2002 and he was abandoned for the former Technical Adviser, Berti Vorgts”.
“Now that he has taken the mantle of leadership again, Amodu did wonders by qualifying Nigeria for both the World and Nations Cups and people are calling for a foreign technical adviser to replace the Okpella-born coach of the Supper Eagles”…
Chief Anonekhale said Amodu should be allowed to complete his assignment by taking the Super Eagles to South Africa.
He pointed out if people call the qualification of Nigeria luck, “let Amodu’s luck as it has always been, carry Nigeria to the promise land by allowing him to be in charge of Nigeria national team both in the Nation’s Cup in Angola and World Cup in South Africa.
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Sports Development Subject to Economic Performance – Consultant
A golf consultant, Sam Emetelu, has said that golf like any other sport cannot thrive when a nation’s economy is unstable.
Emetelu said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, the state of a country’s economy plays a vital role in the development of other sectors.
In view of this, he said, there had been little activities for golfers in both the amateur and professional categories.
“Sports in recent time has been struggling, it’s not just peculiar to golf. So, the backlash is that activities have been slow, because it is an election year.
“When the economy thrives, other sectors thrive too; it’s not rocket science.
“The only thing that has been sustaining golf is committed individuals who are lovers of the game who invest their money in because of their love for the sport,” he said.
He, however, predicted that the last quarter of the year would take a more positive turn as companies and individuals would have started regaining momentum.
“With the ember months, most corporate organisations are taking stock and probably thinking of how to structure their Corporate Social Responsibility, maybe then they’d think of sponsoring golf tournaments.
MTN To Co-Sponsor Nigerian Football League
MTN Nigeria has entered into a partnership with the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), GTI Investment Ltd. and Propel Sports Africa to sponsor the Nigerian league.
Media Officer of GTI Investment Ltd., Andrew Ekejiuba, said this in a statement this week in Lagos.
He said following the recent announcement of the joint venture between the NPFL, GTI and Propel Sports Africa to stream NPFL games live, Propel Sports was delighted to announce that it had entered into a deal with MTN Nigeria for the exclusive broadcast of the league.
He said the sponsorship would cover eight live games each weekend, which would translate to over 300 games per season.
Chairman of Propel Sports Africa, Basil Kabbani stated: “The engagement with MTN has been amazing, from the Digital VAS, to the Marketing and Commercial team, their approach has been consistently professional.
“The enthusiasm for the NPFL content has been infectious. From the very start of our negotiations, we knew MTN was the right partner to give our great content, the platform it deserves.”
The deal, concluded by Propel Sports Africa president, Edward Simons, and MTN Chief Operating Officer, Hassan Jabar, would include in-and-post-game highlights delivered in real time to MTN subscribers through the NPFL Live OTT platform.
Osimhen Can Win Ballon d’Or – Peseiro
Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro believes Napoli forward Victor Osimhen can win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
Osimhen is among the 30 players nominated for the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or as well as one of the 12 nominees for the 2023 FIFA The Best Men’s Player Award.
He is the first Nigerian male footballer in 24 years to get nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
Peseiro believes the 24-year-old has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or award in future even if it seems unlikely for him to achieve the feat in 2023 as he is set to compete with a star-studded cast of nominees.
Pesiero is optimistic that Osimhen can claim the award in future as he does not lack any potential to do it.
“He (Osimhen) can surely win the Ballon d’Or in the future. He’s not lacking anything to do it,” Peseiro said in an interview with Tidesports source.
“He has different characteristics than other players that are at the top at this moment, but he scores a lot as well.”
Osimhen had a stellar 2022–23 season with Napoli, leading the club to their first Serie A title in 33 years, and also won the golden boot.
The Napoli striker scored 26 Serie A goals last season to guide the Partenopei to the Scudetto for the first time in more than three decades.
He also becomes the 7th Nigerian male footballer and 8th Nigerian player to earn a Ballon D’Or award nomination after Finidi George (1995), Austin Jay-Jay Okocha (1995), Daniel Amokachi (1995), Nwankwo Kanu (1996, 1999), Victor Ikpeba (1997), Sunday Oliseh (1998), and Asisat Oshoala (2022, 2023).
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