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Bayern Youth Cup: Rohr assures Team Nigeria boys chance in national team

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Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has promised to monitor how players of Team Nigeria to the 2019 edition of the just concluded FC Bayern Youth Cup World Finals in Germany progress in coming years.

He said this would lead to giving them a chance in the nation’s national youth teams.

Rohr, who was physically present during the tournament which ended 1- 0 in favour of US against Germany Tuesday at the Allianz Arena, Munich Germany, and home of FC Bayern Munich, motivated the Nigerian players, with useful insights on the round leather game.

He said: “We will keep an eye on how the boys progress in the coming years and hopefully give them a chance with the national youth teams.”

Team Nigeria Manager, and VOE Foundation representative, Mr. Victor Obinna Edeh, who made this known to Sports writers on Wednesday, said the Super Eagles chief Coach, “was also on ground to support the team for the world finals, with Team Nigeria grabbing two quick fire goals on his arrival at the Allianz Arena.”

Edeh, quoted Rohr, as saying that “competitions like this are very welcome and encouraging because it gives young Nigerians a chance to compete at the highest level and experience playing at a special place like the Allianz Arena. I started my professional career in this city and the boys can be proud of their performance at the world finals.”

Adding his voice in his capacity, as the Team Nigeria Manager, Edeh, stressed that “the 2019 edition of FC Bayern Youth Cup World Finals saw players representing 7 different countries light up munich between 16th and 20th May 2019 as they arrived for the tournament’s grand finale.”

Speaking about the project and partnership with FC Bayern Munich, Edeh, said, “I am happy to be here with Team Nigeria for the second year. The experience is an unforgettable one for the players who were spellbound watching Thiago, Robben and their favourite Bayern stars live.

“Our partnership with Bayern for the youth cup project has been very fruitful, reaching nearly 2000 players in the first two years, we now have a pool of players who have a chance of representing Nigeria internationally.

“Nearly 3000 fans were at the world finals today with the Nigerian delegation in Munich promising to come out in numbers for the next edition.

“Special thanks goes to Gernot Rohr, who was with us in Lagos for the National Finals and also here for two days at the world finals in Munich, your presence was very encouraging and meant the whole world to not only the Nigerian players but also to participants from the other countries.

“The boys are back home with their respective clubs and hope to utilise the experience they just gained as a stepping stone to a greater future.”

He explained that the mission of VOE foundation was empowering young people using education and sports to achieve their various aspirations.



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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