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Aiteo Group, named new CAF awards sponsors



Giant Nigerian oil company, Aiteo Group, will now be bankrolling the annual CAF Awards organized by the Confederation of African Football.

Until now the awards were sponsored by telecommunications company, Globacom.
Aiteo announced this Sunday that they are the new sponsors.

The CAF Awards rewards the best players, coaches, administrators and teams in Africa annually.

Speaking    on    the    commitment    of    Aiteo    to    the    advancement    of    football    in    Africa,    its    Executive    Vice    President,    Mr.    Benedict    Peters    said:    “This    sponsorship    shows    that    there    is    a    clear    momentum    behind    Aiteo’s    involvement    in    the    game.    Buoyed    by    the    success    of    our    corporate    social    commitment    in    Nigeria    that    has    resulted    in    our    emergence    as    the    first    African    nation    to    qualify    for    the    world    cup,    we    are    encouraged    to    advance    our    investment    in    the    game    to    a    continental    level.    Our    aim    is    to    bolster    the    profile    of    African    players    globally,    and    encourage    budding    talents    to    put    in    their    best.”

“CAF    Awards    shares    our    values    in    relation    to    creating    opportunities,    healthy    competition    and    recognition    for    hard    work.    We    plan    on    using    this    partnership    to    truly    enrich    the    fan    experience    for    millions    of    Africans.”    Benedict    Peters    added.

Reacting    to    the    development,    CAF    President    Ahmad    Ahmad,    said:    “We    are    very    glad    to    welcome    Aiteo    on    board    this    partnership.    Aiteo    is    distinguished    for    its    commitment    to    excellence    and    this    sponsorship    is    a    demonstration    of    its    confidence    in    CAF’s    renowned    value    proposition    as    a    veritable    platform    for    brand    extension    across    Africa.    We    look    forward    to    a    long    and    fruitful    partnership.”

The    sponsorship    agreement    between    the    Aiteo    Group    and    CAF    was    signed    in    Lagos    on    15,    October    2017    at    the    corporate    head    office    of    Aiteo.    Apart    from    the    CAF    President,    CAF    Vice    Presidents,    Kwesi    Nyantakyi    and    Omari    Selemani;    CAF    Emergency    Committee    members    Amaju    Pinnick    and    Souleman    Waberi    were    present    at    the    signing    ceremony.

Aiteo    was    represented    by    the    Group    Executive    Director    Legal,    Andrew    Onyearu;    and    the    Snr.    Vice    President    Commercial    &    Gas,    Victor    Okoronkwo.

Recently Aiteo entered into a partnership deal with the Nigeria Football Federation.

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BREAKING: Chelsea FC sacks manager, Maurizio Sarri to take over



Antonio Conte and his staff have been sacked by Chelsea FC, paving the way for Maurizio Sarri’s arrival.

The former Italy national coach has essentially been a lame duck at Stamford Bridge since the end of last season, but the Blues couldn’t agree a compensation deal with Napoli for Sarri.

The Blues have moved to dismiss Conte after just two years at the club after they missed out on Champions League qualification last term with a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League.

The writing has been on the wall for some time with Chelsea openly on the lookout for a new boss ever since with a number of high-profile names considered.

Conte had refused to walk away unless the final year of his three-year contract was paid up in full and even returned to take pre-season training which began on Monday.

But a compensation agreement was finally reached on Thursday with Sarri set to be announced as his replacement soon.

Sarri will be joined by former Blues striker and club legend Gianfranco Zola who is set to join as part of a new-look backroom team.

Conte had taken the Chelsea team on early morning on Thursday, and gave his players the afternoon off after it became clear that the two clubs had reached a final compensation agreement.

Antonio Conte won the English Premier League in 2017, and the FA Cup in 2018.




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Real Madrid considering £88m Ronaldo Juventus bid



Real Madrid are considering an offer of about 100m euros (£88m) from Juventus for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 33-year-old Portugal forward is Real’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals.

However his age, and Real’s need to reshape a squad that finished 17 points behind La Liga champions Barcelona last season, has encouraged the Italian champions to make their move.

Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League title with Madrid in May.

Since that victory over Liverpool in Kiev, Real boss Zinedine Zidane has left the club and been replaced by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future has been the subject of intense debate over the past few years, and his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez has also been questioned.

Any move would eclipse Juventus’ record transfer fee of 90m euros (£79m), which they paid for Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain in 2016.

It would also be more than the £80m Real paid Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009.

Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo’s unhappiness at Real Madrid have become an all-too-predictable annual occurrence, and in the past they have always resulted in the Portuguese having his ego stroked, his pay packet boosted and the problem solved.

So when Ronaldo once again revealed his disenchantment with the club in the immediate aftermath of the Champions League final victory over Liverpool, at first nobody took him seriously.

But this is starting to look a little bit different, and there’s a growing sense within Spain that this might actually be the summer when Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid.

That suspicion has arisen partly because the club has not done too much – publicly, at least – to fight to keep him, fuelling speculation that all-powerful president Florentino Perez believes this is the right time to cash in.

If Real can command a fee of 100m euros from Juventus, Perez could well see that as great business for a player who will be 34 by the end of next season.

Lurking in the background is the figure of Neymar. For a long time it has appeared to be just a matter of time before the flamboyant Brazilian ends his Parisian sojourn and moves to Madrid, where his combination of prodigious footballing talent and enormous marketing power would make him a perfect signing.

If Neymar does come this summer, it’s hard to see how both his and Ronaldo’s egos could coexist happily on the pitch or in the dressing room, and the older man would need to make way.

Even if Neymar isn’t captured, Perez is also a big admirer of another PSG star, Kylian Mbappe, whose eye-catching World Cup performances have made him an even more appealing prospect.

All things considered, it could well be time for a changing of the guard at the Bernabeu.

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AITEO commends Super Eagles for a remarkable world cup outing



AITEO Group, the Official Optimum Partner of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), wishes to commend the players and officials of the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the efforts put into their performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Despite bowing out of the tournament at the group stage, Aiteo is very proud of how the Eagles won the hearts of Nigerians, and how in this short period, they have been able to magically pull a nation of over 180 million people together, attesting to our belief that football remains a major unifying factor in Nigeria.

Commenting on the outing, The Executive Vice Chairman of Aiteo Group, Benedict Peters says; “The moments of anxieties and excitements shared when our nation plays are priceless and unforgettable. Whilst it is disheartening that we did not proceed to the next round, we are confident that with this same passion and more preparation, victory awaits in coming years. Aiteo is motivated to continue to invest in football, having watched the Super Eagles play their hearts out and fans across the country lay their common defences aside to cheer them. Now is the time to put the World Cup exit behind us and move towards building a stronger team and a stronger nation together.”

Aiteo notes that the players put in their utmost with patriotic fervour and were so close to getting the needed draw against two-time world champions, Argentina. They epitomized the essence of the Nigerian Spirit: result-driven commitment to excellence and grit in the face of daunting challenges, all hallmarks of Aiteo’s commitment to empowering Nigeria’s burgeoning youth population.

We have only compliments for the Board of the NFF, led by Amaju Pinnick which provided effective work tools in the critical areas of: securing sponsorships, high level and adequate preparations, provisions for improvement through modern technology, hiring of quality technical staff and payment of the team’s World Cup bonus long before they kicked a ball in Russia.

Aiteo Group stands committed to fulfilling its bonuses to the Super Eagles in addition to its long-term investment in Nigerian Football. We also remain unquestionably devoted to working with Nigeria’s Football leadership to provide Nigerians with a team that will compete for the global crown by the next World Cup.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

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