through George Aluo
Ebi Egbe, the Bayelsa State born, Chief government Officer (CEO) of sports facility development outfit, Monimichelle, in this interview thumbs up Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson for paying excellent consideration to sports, especially within the house of upgrading services.
Bayelsa State does not rank among the many states making waves in sports in Nigeria. What can one attribute to this?
the explanation for this is reasonably obtrusive. It has to do with the dearth of sports activities services within the state. Bayelsa is one situation where there aren’t any sports activities services and there’s no method the state would do neatly in sports beneath that circumstance. the fact that the state is blessed with sporting abilities will not be unsure. one can find that a celebrity like Daniel Igali is from Bayelsa. Samson Siasia is from Bayelsa…that you would be able to go on and on to mention Bayelsa State born athletes which have completed Nigeria proud. Bayelsa is mainly Nigeria’s dwelling of fight sports activities. that you may think about a state of affairs the place no football at national level has been performed in Bayelsa for over a decade. All Bayelsa State owned soccer clubs are in exile. From Bayelsa United to Bayelsa Queens all the way down to Nembe metropolis FC and the now disbanded Ocean Boys even the newly shaped George Turner soccer membership haven’t any home base. they all play far from dwelling as a result of there is no functional stadium in Yenagoa or any place else within the state. however the excellent factor is that each one that might be a thing of the prior in every other couple of months.
You imply the sports activities facility issue is being addressed?
That i will let you know needless to say. The state government is doing something about it and the governor, Seriake Dickson is paying private attention to it. the federal government would have very long time ago completed this however individuals who treated the job for the state messed it up. And in a bid to get issues right, the governor has determined to in my opinion be on prime of the situation by contracting ex Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur player Garth Crooks as consultant to Bayelsa State government on sports activities. Monimichelle is handling some of the initiatives which Bayelsa State wants to make use of to change the face of sports within the state. we are coping with the renovation and re grassing the Samson Siasia Stadium and now we have also commenced preliminary works on the Bayelsa State Fusion academy.
On the whole, what Dickson is doing is to lay a great groundwork for Bayelsa sports activities. This was what the earlier administrations did not do. Dickson has began from the scratch and his imaginative and prescient is to place state of the art sports services in place sooner than he leaves office. He has invested heavily in this area since he acquired the mandate of the individuals for a 2d time period.
What facilities will the Asoama academy boast of?
it’s an academy that might have all of the sports facilities you could call to mind. Asoama could be the first ever fusion sports academy in this a part of the arena. Bayelsa state Fusion sports activities academy will probably be 60% training and forty% sports activities with two world category Geo tech pitches, one eight lane IAAF licensed full PU athletics monitor, a FINA authorized Olympic size competitors swimming pool, hand ball courtroom, water based hockey pitch, basketball court docket, Volley ball court, Abula court, grass and clay ITF authorized garden tennis court, indoor sports activities hall, a power lifting health club for competition, a wrestling gymnasium with a typical boxing health club.
One thing I wish to make clear here is that Monimichelle does not compromise high quality, so be relaxation assured that Bayelsa state can be having one of the best on the earth. once the academy is up and operating, Bayelsa state would develop into the Mecca of Nigerian sports.
what is the vision of Monimichelle in the case of stadium facilities?
Our vision is unassuming and that is to banish negative carrying amenities, particularly dangerous pitches in Africa. It pains to look the kind of negative pitches on which football is played in the continent. The story was once no longer by any means completely different all over the Nation’s Cup early this year in Gabon. You noticed what Gabon presented. That was no longer excellent sufficient. The coaches cried out. The avid gamers did. Ghana misplaced its captain, Asamoah Gyan to the pitch and he couldn’t continue. Monimichelle is out to alter all that. The job we have carried out speaks for us. The stadium in Katsina was once laid via us and the Eagles recommended it once they performed there. The Aper Aku Stadium turf Markurdi Benue state, Karkanda stadium Katsina, TP Mozembe stadium pitch in Congo were laid by using us and this are pitches that have by no means been waterlogged. we are doing the Enyimba stadium and we hope Abia State govt would make money to be had for us to complete it. Monimichelle is a associate with Italy primarily based Limota and our Geo know-how pitches with coconut fiber and cork are FIFA licensed. We don’t reduce corners or compromise same old. My most effective concern is the maintenance tradition of our folks. we are able to handiest assure turfs which can be maintained. When a pitch suffers zero maintenance it’s tousled and that wouldn’t be the fault of folks who installed it. i have all the time hammered on steady repairs as that’s the most effective way to get the very best out a pitch.
The Eagles were not at the ultimate Nation’s Cup in Gabon. what’s your advise to the NFF in advance of the second stanza of the sector Cup qualifiers?
Let me start by saying that the NFF board led by way of Pinnick has started smartly as far as the race to Russia is anxious. I m satisfied they went for a a professional educate in Gernot Rohr who has began well. What the board needs is the strengthen of each Nigerian. that is equally what tremendous Eagles as a workforce desires. all of us stakeholders rally around the NFF and the crew, Nigeria will land in Russia. We had been all now not happy lacking out of Gabon, so we should close ranks to qualify for Russia 2018. I m chuffed the NFF is working round the clock to verify the Eagles do neatly on the pitch. The latest friendly against Senegal and the tenting that followed it in London used to be a excellent one. Such video games would make the Eagles jell ahead of the double header in opposition to Cameroon in August.
Are you scared, given Cameroon’s current form as African champions?
there is nothing to be scared about Cameroon. All we should ensure is that we beat them at dwelling in Uyo, once we take that game, then it’s in every single place. Zambia is still coming to Nigeria and if we beat them that we might have garnered 12 factors which is just right enough to see us land in Russia.