By Raphael Ekpang
The Embassy of Hungary in Nigeria has presented a Sensolite Health Bed to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF for the use of the National Teams.
Making the presentation in Abuja on Monday, Hungary’s Secretary of State (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Peter Szijjarto, who was in Abuja for the reopening of the Embassy of Hungary in Nigeria, disclosed that generations of Hungarian National Team players
had used the special bed to enhance their fitness before international matches and tournaments.
“We are delighted to make this presentation as we look forward to collaborative ventures in the football sector between our two great countries,” Mr. Szijjarto made the remark at the occasion.
He was accompanied to the presentation at the new NFF headquarters (Sunday Dankaro House), located at the Parkage B of the National Stadium, Abuja by the Ambassador of Hungary to Nigeria, Mr. Zsolt Mario, the Consul-General, Mr. Endre Deri and other dignitaries from the Embassy of Hungary.
President of the NFF, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, presently at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, was represented by the Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh, who hailed the gesture by the Embassy of Hungary, saying: “I stand here to assure you all that the Sensolite Health Bed which you have so graciously presented will be deployed to good use by the Federation. For your information, the Nigeria Football Federation has charge of 10 National Teams, which it holds in trust for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Most of these teams are always actively engaged and in camp for one competition or the other, and will find this excellent equipment most useful.”
Umeh continues, “We are also aware that Hungary remains a nation with a rich footballing history. That country gave the world illustrious names like Ferenc Puskas, Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis, to mention but a few. We recall the great exploits of the Magnificent Magyars across the globe in the 1950s and 1960s, and also commend the present efforts of the Hungarian football authorities to restore the old glory and pride of Hungarian football.
“Let me assure Your Excellencies that the NFF is positively disposed to the offer for collaborative joint ventures between our two countries in the football sphere. As the champions of Africa and one of the most flamboyant teams in world football, we have something to offer to Hungary, which also has something to offer us in the technical area.”
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Gaiya advises national coaches to select Athletes, players on merit
By Raphael Ekpang
The chairman of the House Committee on Sports, Hon. Geoffrey Ali Gaiya on National teams coaches to select players and athletes that would represent the country at every international event on merit.
Gaiya said ‘gone are the days’ where our national teams’ coaches select players and athletes on godfathrism, adding that merit should be their watch word because it takes only right selection to get result.
“We want a Nigeria whereby if two persons from same family are good enough to represent and bring result to Nigeria, they should allow to do so, because I don’t think Nigerians want to go back to the era of mediocrity where some people are where they are not suppose to be because of godfather even when they are not qualify to be where there are, that era is over I can assure you” he said.
He noted that as parliament they are doing everything possible to see that henceforth, anybody or group of persons that would be representing Nigeria at any event must be qualify and the process of selection should be transparent.
However, he called on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to take coaches welfare as serious as the players. He argued that if a coach is not well taking care of or is been owed salaries running for months, there is not how they can impact the right knowledge to the players or athletes as the case may be.