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Ex-Internationals Should Aspire To NFF Presidency – Odegbami (AUDIO)

first_imgEx-Green Eagles (now Super Eagles) captain and legend Segun Odegbami says it is not out of place for former players of the senior national team to vie for the presidency of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Odegbami, a key member of Nigeria’s 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winning team under Brazilian coach Otto Gloria, has had several unsuccessful bids for the presidency of the NFF.However, the ex-Shooting Stars player says he and other ex-internationals won’t stop trying despite the obstacles placed by incumbent administrators to scuttle the efforts of former footballers to lead their respective football federations. Speaking in a virtual interview with journalists, Odegbami said: “Is it not right for you being a footballer and administrator to vie for NFF presidency? It is right.“But you’ll see that even globally, administrators don’t want star footballers to come into administration. It is like they will tell you ‘the rich man should not go and contest for political office. So, they don’t want footballers, particularly those that are well-known, to contest for administrative positions.Download Audio“You can see what is happening to Didier Drogba in his country Cote d’Ivoire even now. So, it’s a challenge. We will not give up, we’ll still continue to try,” the 67-year-old who has authored several books said.Nicknamed The Mathematical in his playing days by late commentator Ernest Okonkwo, Odegbami is the second-highest goalscorer in Nigeria’s history with 23 goals from 46 matches between 1976 and 1982.He was a key member of the great Shooting Stars side of the 70s and early 80s, which dominated Nigeria and the continent.In 2015, Odegbami threw his hat into the ring for the FIFA presidential seat, before withdrawing after failing to secure the required backing.RelatedGive Local Coaches A Chance – Odegbami Tells NFF (AUDIO)July 25, 2019In “National Team”Odegbami Slams Rohr, Says He’s Not ‘World Class’ (AUDIO)August 19, 2020In “Featured”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Lacked A Leader – Odegbami (AUDIO)July 26, 2019In “AFCON 2019”last_img read more

Netball meet opens up door for Rigo teenager

first_imgAt only 16 she was only accustomed to her village boundaries. So to go beyond that for a majjor sporting event was a major feat. For this she was a bundle of nerves and excitement. For Piweni Tavalu, thats the battle she faced as she searched for the courage to face her parents and to ask their permission to participate in the Newcrest National Netball Championship which was held in Goroka last month. It would be the first time for this Rigo teenager to travel without her parents and on an aircraft for that matter. You can imagine that exhilarating moment when her parents finally caved in to allow their daughter to travel. Piweni recalls it was not easy building the courage to ask permission and it took her a while, which is not so surprising because her sibling and mom have never been on a plane as well! Piweni comes from Ginigolo in the Rigo District. Her maiden plane trip to Goroka became a reality when she earned herself a place in the Under 21 Rigo Netball Team. The night before the trip Piweni told her parents she had to be at the airport around 6am for check in. Her family was there by 3am the next morning, three hours ahead of check in, having travelled an hour from their village. The family may not have even slept a wink. Team coach Lydia Veali assisted Piweni with the check-in process and later accompanied her back to her teary mother who kissed and hugged her. Piweni was far too excited to realize the extent of her mother’s anxiety. “When we boarded the aircraft, Piweni sat next to me and I told her not to be afraid. At take off Piweni took hold of my hands. It was a very new experience for her. When we touched down at Goroka I asked her if everything was okay and she said she had enjoyed the flight,” Veali said. Piweni played in the Under 21-A Grade team because she was one of four players who qualified for an Under 17 team which could not muster the numbers to make a full team. During training, Piweni lacked the confidence to play in the A-grade team but with Lydia’s patience and experience, she was mentally prepared. In her first game Piweni played wing attack and centre positions and with every game, her confidence grew. Piweni’s story is similar to many other young girls who play netball at the village level. It also opens up another story of passion, belief and the steel determination of the Rigo Netball Rigo Association who were determined to send their team, Mosin Fresh Powered Rigo Logea to the championships. Funding was secured because the association believed in the potential of the young players and wanted to give them the opportunity to show case their talent so they too could vye for positions in the national Pepes squad and under 21 representative teams. The week-long championship ended with the Mosin Fresh Powered Rigo Logea securing the B-grade premiership and runner up in the U21 division. Both B Grade and under 15 cemented their grand final debut. The Under 21 lost to Abau by 2 points mostly because the talent was young and inexperienced. President of the Rigo Netball Association and newly elected vice President of the PNG Netball Federation, Iamo Launa said: “Most of the individual awards were given to Rigo under 21 and 15 teams and to the B grade team. I am so proud.”last_img read more