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“ We are Africans, and it is possible to develop south-south cooperation that respects our realities. I am therefore ready to help Côte d’Ivoire which is preparing for CAN 2021 ”. These words were spoken in 2017 as Côte d’Ivoire was preparing to host CAN in 2021, which remains relevant for Ebi Egbe, FIFA expert of Nigerian origin.

4 years later, the slide gained ground and the 16-member CAN went to 24 nations, and Côte d’Ivoire inherited the 2023 edition of the African football festival, it is rather the Gambia who agreed to repatriate the boss of Monimichelle, the company specializing in lawn breaks, in order to establish adequate playing surfaces for athletes, footballers in particular.

Indeed, while he went to Aba in Nigeria in April for the Enyimba-Orlando Pirates meeting, Mr. Langtombong Tamba, third vice-president of the Gambian Football Federation (GFF), was under the spell of the lawn which hosted the match counting for the CAF Confederation Cup. The work of the company of Mr. Ebi Egbe.

“ This lawn is world-class… I am impressed and will invite the contractor who did the work ahead to The Gambia. I want to see this kind of work in my country. We want to have good pitches like this in all our regions and I think Monimichelle should come and help us , ”Tamba said.

Very criticized by the visiting teams, the lawn of the Independence stadium of Bakau should undergo a makeover in the coming weeks thanks to an African expertise, which proposes to provide Africa with a playing surface at the level of those responsible for CAF, which recently suspended 23 stadiums on the continent that did not meet the required standarExpertisertise that should put the ear to the Ivorian authorities who are planning the repair of certain lawns including that of the Olympic stadium of Ebimpé below the sculpture of the enclosure. Moreover, Mr. Ebi Egbe will be in Abidjan very soon to receive a distinction from an organization of general secretaries of football clubs in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Egbe rallies support for Pinnick

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Nigeria’s FIFA Council member Amaju Pinnick ) would need to remain as president of the nation’s soccer governing body, Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) to keep his seat on the world’s soccer decision-making body of the organization.

 

Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Group, Ebi Egbe, explained as much in a release , adding administering football and other sports is quite different from partisan politics where one takes a bow after two terms.

 

He said: “In International football, there is no provision that says that one must do two terms and quit. In the case of Pinnick , we must thank God that he has succeeded in finding his way into FIFA and to fully benefit from it, we need to make him remain at the Abuja Glass House of NFF.

 

“ It would not be helpful to us as a country if we have a man in FIFA who is not in charge as our soccer federation President.”

 

Egbe charged the nation’s football stakeholders to rally round Amaju by offering him another mandate to remain as NFF president after the expiration of his present tenure.

 

It would be noted that Amaju remains the only NFF president that has won a second term in office. Amaju was returned in the election held in Katsina, said he would not want to contest again for the NFF presidency.

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Pyramids’ Road Trip Video to Aba Stadium, a Wake up Call, Says Egbe

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The Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle Group, Ebi Egbe, has called on the federal government to do something on the state of the roads in the country, declaring that the state of the Port-Harcourt Aba Road has become a bad advertisement for the country.

The poor state of the federal highway came to the fore over the weekend when Egyptian side, Pyramids Football Club who flew in the club’s private jet landed

at the Port Harcourt Airport and made a video of the horrible road trip to Aba and posted it on the social media, calling it a shame.

Pyramids held Enyimba 1-1 in Aba yesterday but qualified 5-2 aggregate for the semi final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

But Egbe whose outfit constructed the Enyimba Stadium turf noted that the Egyptians deliberately wanted to paint the country in bad light by showing the video to the world.

Egbe was however quick to add that government on its part also need to avoid the country being embarrassed by her international visitors by fixing our roads.

“That video by Pyramids is to me, a wake up call for us to not only fix our stadiums but also fix our roads.

“Teams that come to Aba to play have always commended the playing turf. We need to get it right on all fronts. This is why I am appealing to the federal government to get our roads fixed.

“Our teams would return to the continent next term and it would be a shame if teams from other countries that are far less endowed come in and mock us that we ve got no good roads in the country,” Egbe stressed

He further charged the various state governments to also upgrade their stadium facilities just like other countries are doing.

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