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The Nigeria Football Federation has put up an advert on its website, calling for candidates to fill the position of coach for the U-17 men’s team, the Golden Eaglets.  Nduka Ugbade, the first captain to lift the World Cup at that category was the last coach that handled the team.

Just as the NFF is looking for a coach for the Super Eagles, it is also doing the same for the Golden Eaglets.

The call for the filling position reads: “Are you passionate about youth development and coaching? The Golden Eaglet, Nigeria’s U17 Boys National Team, are seeking a dedicated and experienced coach to nurture young talent and guide them to success on the international stage.

The requirements from the applicants include showing of adequate experience at developing and coaching youth football and ability to motivate and help players improve in addition to having a CAF B license coaching certificate.

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Days ago, former Nigerian youth player and Green Eagles players said he was interested in becoming a coach to one of Nigeria’s youth teams. He led the Flying Eagles to third place at the 1985 edition of what is now called the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Paris ready for the Games, says Organising Committee

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With the Olympic Games Paris 2024 set to kick off formally with the opening ceremony on Friday night in the French capital city, President of the Organising Committee, Tony Estanguet, announced on Sunday that the city was “ready” for the Games as he played down complaints from some residents and businesses about the impact of the event.

“We are ready as we head into the final phase,” Estanguet told a press conference in Paris on Sunday, five days from the opening parade on Friday.

He added: “For as long as the closing ceremony hasn’t finished, we need to remain vigilant. But today we are exactly where we would have dreamed of being a few years ago.”

Finishing touches are being applied to the venues across the City of Light and thousands of athletes and officials are pouring in, while the weather has also brightened up after months of rain.

In a further boost for organisers, the water quality of the river Seine – which is set to be used for outdoor Olympic swimming events – has also improved dramatically since the start of July.

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“All the indicators for the Seine are positive at this stage,” Estanguet added.

The river is set to host the opening ceremony next Friday which will see 6 000-7 000 athletes sail down it on 85 barges and boats.

It will be the first time a Summer Olympics has opened outside the main athletics stadium, with up to 300,000 ticketed spectators set to watch from stands and on the river banks and another 200,000 expected to watch from the overlooking apartments.

Around 4,000 tickets are still available, Estanguet said.

“We’ve always tried to maintain as high a level of ambition as possible so that these Games make France shine,” Estanguet added.

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The vast security operation required for the opening ceremony is causing some friction, however, with large parts of central Paris along the banks of the river and around Olympic venues off-limits for most people.

Trade groups representing Paris shops, restaurants, bars and clubs complained on Friday that they were facing an “unprecedented slump in business and footfall”, blaming the “heavy security measures” in part.

“We were always a choice made in full conscience that the success of Paris 2024 would mean having the Games in the city,” Estanguet explained. “That was the completely unprecedented concept for Paris 2024.”

Around 45,000 members of the French security forces are set to be on duty on Friday evening when the Olympics kick off at 7:30 pm (1730 GMT).

“Security was the No. 1 priority for Paris 2024,” Estanguet stressed.

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Brazilian women train in Zidane’s birthplace ahead of Nigeria Super Falcons clash

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National team players train at Chaban Delmas, in Bordeaux Credits: Rafael Ribeiro / CBF

Ahead of their clash on Thursday with Nigeria’s Super Falcons, the Brazilian Women’s National Team trained on Sunday in Bordeaux.

It was their  third field activity since arriving in France.  Their training session is being held at a stadium  that symbolizes a lot for world football.

It was precisely at the Chaban Delmas Stadium that Brazil won two games and drew another in the 1938 World Cup, in front of a crowd that in all three matches was enchanted by the football of Leônidas da Silva, the competition’s top scorer, with seven goals.

The Chaban Delmas Stadium, where Brazil women’s team is training, is used for two sports: football and rugby
Credits: Rafael Ribeiro / CBF

The arena was also used in the 1998 World Cup. The Chaban Delmas is also famous for having introduced Zinédine Zidane to the international scene. He played for Bordeaux after being traded to Cannes and had not yet attracted much attention.

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Little by little, between 1992 and 1996, years in which Bordeaux were doing very well, Zidane began to make his mark with his goals and stylish plays. His team always played at Chaban Delmas, which until 2001 was called Parc Lescure.

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Obama issues statement on Biden’s announcement

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Following the withdrawal of Joe Biden from the US Presidential Race later this year, his predecessor, Barack Obama has issued the following statement;

“Joe Biden has been one of America’s most consequential presidents, as well as a dear friend and partner to me. Today, we’ve also been reminded — again — that he’s a patriot of the highest order.

“Sixteen years ago, when I began my search for a vice president, I knew about Joe’s remarkable career in public service. But what I came to admire even more was his character — his deep empathy and hard-earned resilience; his fundamental decency and belief that everyone counts.

“Since taking office, President Biden has displayed that character again and again. He helped end the pandemic, created millions of jobs, lowered the cost of prescription drugs, passed the first major piece of gun safety legislation in 30 years, made the biggest investment to address climate change in history, and fought to ensure the rights of working people to organize for fair wages and benefits. Internationally, he restored America’s standing in the world, revitalized NATO, and mobilized the world to stand up against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“More than that, President Biden pointed us away from the four years of chaos, falsehood, and division that had characterized Donald Trump’s administration. Through his policies and his example, Joe has reminded us of who we are at our best — a country committed to old-fashioned values like trust and honesty, kindness and hard work; a country that believes in democracy, rule of law, and accountability; a country that insists that everyone, no matter who they are, has a voice and deserves a chance at a better life.

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“This outstanding track record gave President Biden every right to run for re-election and finish the job he started. Joe understands better than anyone the stakes in this election — how everything he has fought for throughout his life, and everything that the Democratic Party stands for, will be at risk if we allow Donald Trump back in the White House and give Republicans control of Congress.

“I also know Joe has never backed down from a fight. For him to look at the political landscape and decide that he should pass the torch to a new nominee is surely one of the toughest in his life. But I know he wouldn’t make this decision unless he believed it was right for America. It’s a testament to Joe Biden’s love of country — and a historic example of a genuine public servant once again putting the interests of the American people ahead of his own that future generations of leaders will do well to follow.

“We will be navigating uncharted waters in the days ahead. But I have extraordinary confidence that the leaders of our party will be able to create a process from which an outstanding nominee emerges. I believe that Joe Biden’s vision of a generous, prosperous, and united America that provides opportunity for everyone will be on full display at the Democratic Convention in August. And I expect that every single one of us are prepared to carry that message of hope and progress forward into November and beyond.

“For now, Michelle and I just want to express our love and gratitude to Joe and Jill for leading us so ably and courageously during these perilous times — and for their commitment to the ideals of freedom and equality that this country was founded on.”

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