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Coach Henry Abiodun resigns from FCAAN

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The Director of Coaching Education of the Football Coaches Association of African Nations (FCAAN), Henry Abiodun, has resigned his appointment.

This is contained in his letter of resignation, dated Dec. 10. and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Akure.

Abiodun said he resigned because he felt like moving on and trying other things and that there was no problem between him and FCAAN.

According to the letter, the resignation takes effect from two weeks from the date on the letter.

“This letter is to inform you of my desire to resign from my position as the Director of Coaching Education of the Football Coaches Association of Africa Nations, effective two weeks from today.

“I appreciate greatly the opportunity that was given to me by FCAAN and the progress we have made in football education in Nigeria, but now, I feel it is the right time to move on to other things.

“I will be glad to work with the FCAAN management to help achieve a smooth transition. Thank you once again,” Abiodun stated in the letter.

The former Sunshine Stars official, while confirming the letter said he had earlier sent a message FCAAN leaders that he was proud of the achievements of the brand and had exceeded his expectations which made him happy.

“Thanks for all the support and cooperation that helped make my job effective during my three-year tenure as the FCAAN Director of Coaching Education. Keep up the good work,” he said.

Meanwhile, FCAAN Founder and President, Dr Terry Eguaoje, who accepted the resignation letter in his message to Abiodun, thanked him for giving three years of his service to the association.

“Please join me to thank Coach Henry Abiodun for his leadership and service to FCAAN over the years.

“Under his leadership, we made lots of progress, we still have room to grow. And we must continue to grow to help Nigerian coaches get the education that they needed. This applies to all coaches in Africa,” he said.

Eguaoje said Abiodun would be helping the association as they look for a replacement.

NAN reports that Abiodun’s last assignment as FCAAN director was the training of more than 100 grassroots coaches on Dec. 4 in Akure.

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Austine Eguavoen: Super Eagles coach’s pay structure revealed

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Interim coach Austin Eguavoen will be entitled to only win bonuses as the Super Eagles gaffer at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

Eguavoen was appointed on a short-term deal after the Nigeria Football Federation sacked Gernot Rohr in December.

Rohr was Nigeria’s longest-serving manager after taking charge in August 2016, but had his contract terminated after leading the Eagles to the 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs and sealing a spot at the Nations Cup in Cameroon.

The Franco-German also led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup and guided the team to third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

“Eguavoen is on the payroll of the NFF and he won’t be entitled to salary for the role he is playing as an interim coach of the team,” President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick stated recently on Arise TV.

“He will be entitled to the winning bonuses as the team progress at the tournament.”

Eguavoen has already won his opening two group games at the tournament which has sealed their place in the round of 16 in the competition

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins The Best FIFA Special Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been honoured by FIFA for becoming the all-time leading goalscorer at the international level.

The Manchester United star has now scored 115 goals for Portugal, breaking Ali Daei’s previous record of 109.

Ronaldo received a special in-person award and was also named in the FIFPRO Men’s World11 for 2021, at what was largely a virtual ceremony for FIFA’s The Best ceremony in Zurich on Monday.

“It’s a dream. First of all, I have to say thank you to my teammates, especially in the national team during the last 20 years that I used to play with. I never thought of beating that record,” Ronaldo said.

“I have to say thank you to my family, my wife, my kids – soon I will be a father again! I’m really proud, it’s a great achievement to be the top scorer of all time.”

Asked how he is maintaining his fine goalscoring form at the age of 36,he insisted that he is as motivated as ever to even score goals and win trophies.

“It’s a passion, I still have a passion for the game, not just to score goals but to entertain myself,” Ronaldo added. “I’ve played football since I was five or six years old so when I get to the pitch even in training I still enjoy it and my motivation’s still good.

“I’m 37 soon, I feel good and motivated. I keep working hard since I was 18 and I continue. I have that passion and want to continue.

“People ask sometimes how many more years I’m going to play and I say I hope to play more than four or five years. It’s all about mentally, because physically if you treat your body good, it’ll treat you back.”

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AFCON: Okocha names most important player in Super Eagles

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Former Nigeria captain, Austin Okocha has singled out Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, for special praise.

Akpeyi is currently part of the Super Eagles’ squad at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 35-year-old who has made 19 international appearances, is behind Francis Uzoho and Maduka Okoye in the pecking order after his recent injury concerns.

However, Okocha believes Akpeyi has an important role to play in the team.

“Daniel is a very important player for the squad. He only lost his place through injury. This shows how strong the whole squad is, because once you miss out because of injury, it’s always difficult to get back for a goalkeeper.

“We believe we have a great squad and we have people like Daniel we can rely on if needed.

“I am happy that we have a happy competition in our goalkeeping department and it is a plus for any coach,” Okocha said in an interview with Amakhosi’s media team.

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