FC Roma beat Leicester City 1-0 on Thursday, 5 May, 2022, at the Estadio De Olympico to reach the UEFA Europa conference league final. The Italian giants needed a first half header from former Chelsea man Tammy Abraham to beat a well organized Leicester City team at home. It was a closely contested game with both sides giving it their all but Roma just managed to edge it. In qualifying for the UECL final with Roma, Jose Mourinho became the first manager in football history to reach the Champions League, Europa League and Europa conference League finals. That's an outstanding record for the Portuguese manager. Immediately after the full-time whistle, Jose Mourinho was captured on camera shedding tears of joy as his players celebrated. Mourinho has been made out to be a manager on the decline by the media in recent months but the Portuguese continues to define football and set records.
...Donates R360,000 to Nelson Mandela Children’s Trust Fund Access Bank Plc has further demonstrated its commitment to making a difference through charity as the Bank successfully hosted its maiden Polo tournament held at the prestigious Val de Vie Polo Club in Cape Town, South Africa. The event held to further create awareness and raise funds to support the education of underprivileged children in Africa. In partnership with Fifth Chukker, through the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the initiative further deepened the Bank’s commitment towards impacting the environment and positively affecting the lives of underprivileged children in Africa. Group Managing Director, Access Bank PLC, Herbert Wigwe who led other top officials of Access Bank to the event, expressed delight that the Charity tournament is achieving its main objectives. “About 12 years ago, we decided to act and positively impact the lives of underprivileged children in Africa, including South Africa. The first Charity Tournament saw us impact 400 children and now, the number has grown to 12,000 children who have been educated across the northern part of Nigeria. Henceforth, every December will be dedicated to this cause; we will set aside money to support underprivileged children in South Africa through the Nelson Mandela Foundation,” Wigwe said. Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank South Africa, Sugendhree Reddy said, “This successful engagement was made possible because of the opportunities provided by the South African government to establish our presence in this relatively new market. Access Bank is here to deliver value and excellent service to customers in South Africa. Hence, we will collaborate with all stakeholders to create optimal solutions and serve as Africa’s gateway to the rest of the world.” The event saw hundreds of game enthusiasts throng the venue to watch the beautiful game of Polo, as teams competed for the Access Bank Gold Cup and Emily Aig-Imoukhuede Memorial Cup –
Dr. Emmanuel Sunny Ojeagbase, founder and executive chairman of Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspapers, SuccessDigest and other online publications is dead. According to a press statement signed by Mr Julius Ojeagbase for the family, Ojeagbase died on Saturday, 26 February, 2022 in Atlanta, United States of America (USA) after a brief illness. He was 71 years. Dr. Ojeagbase hailed from Uzebba, Iuleha in Owan West of Edo State. Popularly known as Sunny Ojeagbase (or simply “S.O.”) before he added Emmanuel to his names, the late media entrepreneur broke into national consciousness as the pioneer publisher of sports news in Nigeria when he established Sports Souvenir weekly newspaper in 1984. Before then, he was a retired soldier of the Nigerian Army who cut his teeth in sports journalism as a stringer at the Daily Times newspapers in the mid-1970s. Through sheer talent, determination and hard work, Ojeagbase blossomed very quickly and was appointed Sports Editor of Sunday Concord newspapers at inception in 1980 and Sports Editor of The Guardian newspapers also at inception in 1983. He resigned from The Guardian in 1984 to pursue his dream as an entrepreneur. Between 1984 and 1994, Ojeagbase introduced several other pioneering sports titles including Complete Football magazine, Complete Football International (CFI) and International Soccer Review (ISR) into the Nigerian sports market. Remarkably, the Complete Football titles played very prominent roles in ensuring Nigeria’s first appearance at the FIFA World Cup at USA 1994 as well as the country’s football Gold medal win at the Atlanta ’96 Olympic Games also in the USA. Between those two historic events in Nigerians sports, Ojeagbase introduced Complete Sports as the Number One daily sports newspaper in Nigeria in 1995. Also in 1994, Ojeagbase co-founded with his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Esther Ojeagbase, the Success Attitude Development Centre (SADC) with a vision
Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has handed the club over to a charitable organisation. Abramovich made this known in a statement on Saturday. This is following the decision of Russian President, Vladimir Putin ,to go to war with neighbouring Ukraine. European Union, EU, are seizing assets belonging to Russians and the Russian government as part of their sanctions on the country. There have been calls for Chelsea to be taken away from Abramovich and the billionaire businessman on Saturday handed the club’s care and stewardship over to Chelsea’s Charitable Foundation, saying he believes they are in the best position to take proper care of it. His statement reads: “During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities. “I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC. “I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”
A member of the Atlanta ’96 Olympics Golden Dream Team Kingsley Obiekwu has received a donation of N2m from Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa. Musa in his usual philanthropic style chose to come to the aid of the former defender who recently revealed that he uses his only car for commercial transport to sustain his family. Obiekwu, Member of the Order of Niger (MON), made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Awka. The veteran, who played for Rangers International FC, Enugu and Udoji United in his days, said he went into the transport business to sustain his family. The former defender noted that things had not been rosy since he returned to Nigeria in 2008, in spite of his contributions to the development of Nigeria’s football. According to Obiekwu, who now coaches INGAS FC, Enugu, he has to combine the coaching job with the commercial transport business to make ends meet. He stated that his former employees owed him over N6 million cumulatively. “Yes, I am a commercial transporter; there is nothing to hide about it. Man has to do what is legal to pay his family bills. “I have four children at Enugu State University of Technology and my last child is in primary five. Musa has a long history of kindness with his most recent before now being the kind donation to the building of a mosque in Garoua during the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Cameroon.
...Sponsors Team Jerseys with N 50 million Sterling Bank Plc and Bendel Insurance FC of Benin have made history with the largest shirt sponsorship deal in Nigerian club football history with the unveiling of its N50 million sponsorship deal of the club's home and away jerseys for the 2021/2022 Nigerian Premier Football League season. The sponsorship deal: the first of its kind in the history of Nigerian club football, saw players of Bendel Insurance FC showcasing their new kits with the Bank’s full logo embossed on the jersey at a colorful event held at the Edo State Government House in Benin City, the state capital. Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of Sterling Bank PLC, Mr. Asue Ighodalo, explained that the bank shares the philosophy of development championed by the Edo State government and sees the state as a development partner, with the deal representing more than a sponsorship deal, but an investment opportunity for the bank. “We see ourselves as true partners with Edo State, because we understand the development philosophy of the state and that is why we are committed to the state.” Also speaking, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki thanked Sterling Bank for investing in the club. He said the state government knows, since inception, that sports are about the youths and the youths are about sports, adding that the state government is creating an enabling environment for the growth of sports in the state. Governor Obaseki said that with the successful implementation of this kit sponsorship deal, the state government has taken its commitment to Edo State's sports a step further by engaging the private sector in sports development. He said, "For us in Edo State, it is a crucial step to invite the private sector into sports through a new governance arrangement that ensures transparency and sets the standard on how
The African Cup Of Nations 2021 has just been concluded with Senegal taking home the trophy after defeating Egypt in penalty shoot-out. AFCON 2021 definitely brought so many surprises with some popular team exiting the tournament earlier than expected while some not so popular team stayed on the tournament longer than expected. As surprising as it was, followers of popular prophet, Primate Elijah Ayodele were not caught unaware as the prophet already prophesied before the beginning of the tournament all that was going to happen from the beginning till the end of the tournament. This was made known during the release of his 2022 prophecies on Wednesday, 22nd Of December, 2021 at his Lagos church. A sports journalist had asked the prophet on what the super eagles of Nigeria should expect at AFCON 2021 since the man of God is also a Nigerian. In his response, he categorically said the super eagles are not going anywhere despite being one of the strongest team in the tournament. He added in the prophecy that they will be eased out technically in the tournament. This statement by the man of God was perceived by some as false because they didn’t see what the prophet was seeing at that time. Super Eagles team had brilliant performances in their first three games but were unexpectedly knocked out by a weaker Tunisia team by technicality, as Primate Ayodele prophesied. Going further in the 90-page 2022 prophecies signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele mentioned some teams that cup before the tournament started. It has always been the style of the man of God to prophesy ahead of events as prophecies are to give details of what is yet to come. Among those he mentioned are close to the cup include Egypt, Cameroun, and Senegal and we all know these three
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided to retain Austin Eguavoen as the substantive coach of the senior national team of Nigeria on a short term deal which will likely be a two year deal if he qualifies Nigeria for the World Cup, Naija News Direct can exclusively reveal. Eguavoen won the hearts of decision makers at the NFF with the way the team played at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) despite the fact that they were knocked out of the tournament after losing 0-1 to Tunisia in the round of 16. NFF believe the result was badly affected by the red card shown to Alex Iwobi, hence won’t judge the coach with the defeat and with time not on their side as the World Cup playoff against Ghana in March draws near, Eguavoen, we reliably gathered has been told to continue as coach. What further ruled out Jose Peseiro as Super Eagles coach was the fact that he will have no opportunity of taking the Super Eagles out for any friendly match before the World Cup playoff against Ghana where he could possibly make impact in the team. It means Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro who was announced as coach won’t be handling the team again with sources close to the NFF saying he isn’t an option for now, which is why he wasn’t in Cameroon to monitor the team as said in the statement announcing his appointment as coach. We gathered the NFF could beef up the technical crew of the Super Eagles with two indigenous coaches to work as assistant to Eguavoen for the World Cup qualifiers playoff against Ghana in March.
Billionaire businessman and Executive Chairman, Geregu Power Plant, Femi Otedola, comes across as a phenomenon of sorts. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that his life epitomises a tenacity of purpose. His ability as a strategist and winner has never been in doubts. Indeed, every move he makes, either in his business or private life, has never escaped the attention of newshounds. He is a delight to professional journalists and biographers. If you choose to write about his uncommon feats as a businessman, you will come up with volumes of work that will most likely intimidate a bibliophile. In the same way, if you choose to document his philanthropic acts, in black and white, your hand may grow tired. Whenever the businessman dabbles into any business, it usually becomes a major story not only in the media, online and traditional media but among other business owners, the elite as well as those on the streets. The Lagos born business mogul once again showcased his milk of kindness as he promised Nigeria’s football team, the Super Eagles at the on going African Cup of Nations, AFCON, the sum of $250, 000 if they win the trophy. The message was delivered today by government delegation to Cameroon led by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele. You will recall that the man with heart of gold gave out the sum of $50,000 to the Super Eagles at the 2019 edition of AFCON. The team lost at the Semi Finals to Algeria though. This latest effort by Otedola has further foregrounded his abiding fellow-feeling and love for humanity. In the past years, Otedola had put smiles on the faces of a number of eminent Nigerians , including the late musician Majek Fashek; Christian Chukwu, a former captain and coach of the Super Eagles; Peter Fregene, a former
As the Super Eagles of Nigeria prepare to take on the Egyptian national team tomorrow at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, a video has surfaced online showing Super Eagles star, Kelechi Iheanacho and Henry Onyekuru engaging in a playful fight. Both Iheanacho and Onyekuru who are currently in Cameroon for the AFCON which kicked off yesterday playfully engaged each other in a fight. They tugged at each other’s shirt before being separated by other team mates. The reason behind their not too serious disagreement could not be ascertained as at the time of this report. Watch the video Below: