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Dalung Advises Nigerians To Stop Negative Narratives

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Minister of Sports and Youth Development,, Solomon Dalung has advised Nigerians to stop talking negative narratives against the country, saying that Nigerians should change their attitude to become good people.
He appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike to forgive all those that have wronged him one way or the other, adding that great leaders forgive.
Dalung stated this when he paid Governor Wike a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, last Monday, saying that wrestling has cultural value in Nigeria.
According to him, this is the first time a West African country will host the African Wrestling Championship.
“Your Excellency, I appeal to you to forgive all those that have wronged you because great leaders like you forgive, even the Bible says forgive those that trespassed against you, so that He will forgive you.
For Governor Wike to host the National Wrestling Championship here in Rivers State, he has invested in peace and security,” Dalung said.
The Minister commended the governor for providing the infrastructural facilities to meet world class standard for the Championship.
“I really commend Governor Nyesom Wike for developing sports and making Nigeria proud, the infrastructural facilities for wrestling championship I saw meet international standard”.
“I also want to commend the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali for making the country proud.
The one game master in Nigeria further urged other governors in the country to emulate Governor Wike, saying that sport creates wealth, it increases foreign exchange and has the capacity for integration.
“I call on other state governors to emulate Nyesom Wike’s style of sports development. Sports brings unity and friendliness, besides, it creates wealth, increases integration,” he stated.

By: Tonye Orabere.

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NFF Yet To Offer Finidi, Shorunmu Contract

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Four months after the Nigeria Football Federation announced ex-internationals George Finidi and Ike Shorunmu assistant coaches to Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, both are yet to be offered a contract by the federation, Tidesports source  has learnt.
On May 15, the NFF appointed Peseiro as the new Eagles head coach, with Finidi named the Portuguese first assistant. Salisu Yusuf serves as the second assistant as well as head coach of the CHAN and U-23 National Teams.
Shorunmu was named the goalkeepers trainer, with Usman Abdallah third assistant, while Eboboritse Uwejamomere is the match analyst.
While Peseiro, 62, was offered a performance-based one-year contract and will reportedly earn $70,000 (N30m) monthly, Finidi and Shorunmu don’t know how much they will be paid, four months after they were ‘employed.’
It was gathered that the duo will not be on the bench when Nigeria take on Algeria for the 22nd time at the 40,000 Stade Olympique in Oran next Tuesday in an international friendly if they are not offered a contract and repaid their outstanding flight fares.
“The team traveled out of Nigeria for the game against Algeria last Sunday without Finidi and Shorunmu,” a top NFF official told only the Tidesports source.
“They have not been offered contracts by the NFF since they were appointed in May. It has been a while that the duo has been demanding their contract papers from the NFF but they are yet to get one.

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Ndidi, Blow For Nigeria’s S’Eagles

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Nigeria has suffered further blow ahead of the Super Eagles international friendly match with Algeria as Wilfred Ndidi joins the list of injury hit Nigerian players. The tough-tackling star is on his way back to England as confirmed by the Nigerian Foootball Federation
Ndidi was part of the Super Eagles squad that is preparing to play an international friendly game against Algeria on September 27 in Oran. The 25-year-old was named in Jose Peseiro’s midfield alongside Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, and Richard Onyedika.
Peseiro’s plan will have to be changed with the latest development as confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation. “Wilfred Ndidi is injured and out of the game against Algeria. He has left the team’s camp and returned to England. Get well soon Wilfred,” the NFF posted on their Twitter handle on Thursday.”
Ndidi is just one of a number of key players who have pulled out of the build-up owing to injuries. Notable absentees are Napoli attacker Victor Osimhen who is set to return in a couple of weeks while Real Sociedad forward Umar Sadiq might be out for the rest of the season. The Super Eagles are also missing Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Dennis, Henry Onyekuru, and Samuel Chukwueze.
After his latest setback, the midfielder will potentially miss out on Leicester City’s Premier League match against Nottingham Forest and the chance to help his club side climb off the bottom of the table. Despite not knowing the precise nature of the injury, Ndidi must be hopeful he will be match fit in time for Nigeria’s friendly game against Ronaldo’s Portugal on November 17.

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Invitation To National Team, An Added Motivation – Duru

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Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt left back Ebube Duru has expressed delight over his  call-up to the Nigeria National team, Super Eagles, saying that it would motivate him to greater things.
He said that it is a thing of joy for every Nigeria Professional Football League, (NPFL) player to be invited to the National team, the Super Eagles, adding that is not just the home based players but every Nigerian player.
Duru made the assertion on Tuesday in a chat with the national team’s media officer, which was made available to Tidesports.
He was included in Super Eagles manager José Santos Peseiro’s’s squad for their forthcoming International friendly against Algeria slated for next week Tuesday.
“ it is a thing of joy for me as a person to be invited to play in the main team of my Country.
“It’s a thing of joy playing with the main Super Eagles.
“ It’s the main desire of every NPFL players to play for Super Eagles not just  the home based players but  every Nigeria players.
”So I’m very excited and so happy that I have the opportunity to play with the foreign based players.
“ I will now know most of them and interact with them.
“ This is a big morale booster for me as a player and am so excited” Duru said.
The left back has featured for the Super Eagles B (CHAN) team and has impressed while playing for the Pride of Rivers.
Three-time African Champions Nigeria trade tackles with the 2019 AFCON kings in Oran on Tuesday, next week.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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