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Aiteo Group, named new CAF awards sponsors

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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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Fraud: Man United boss, Mourinho sentenced to one year imprisonment

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain.

Mourinho is alleged to have defrauded the Spanish authorities of €1.9 million (£1.78 million) during his time in charge of Real Madrid, using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal his earnings.

The Portuguese is thought to have earned around €3.3 million (£2.9 million) from image rights in 2011 and 2012, of which he has been fined 60 per cent.

El Mundo claims that Mourinho will accept in writing that he concealed that income from the authorities, avoiding the need for a trial and ensuring that he will not serve any jail time.

Mourinho is the latest high-profile football name to be penalised for tax evasion by the Spanish authorities, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez and Javier Mascherano also being caught in recent years.

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Fashanu, Tonto Dike, Siasia, others named Freestyle Football ambassadors

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Feet and Tricks International, organisers of the first ever African Football Freestyle Championship in Africa has named former professional English footballer, John Fashanu; Former Nigerian defender and former Head of Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni; and former Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia, Superstar actresses, Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh as brand ambassadors for this year’s Championship. All with enviable careers and celebrated globally are undoubtedly a perfect representation of the sporting excellence the brand stands for.

Confirming this, the Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, Valentine Ozigbo noted that ” Feet ‘n’ Tricks is on a mission to making Africa the home of freestyle football and providing a new platform for self-expression of skills in order to ultimately exploit the global appeal of the sport. In order to realize this, we decided to look for ambassadors, who exemplify the same passion for the sport like we do, and decided to work together with John Fashanu, Waidi Akanni, Samson Siasia, Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh to actualize this dream”.

“Without a doubt, they have over the years demonstrated leadership in the sports and entertainment scene and beyond. To this end, we trust in their ability to help engage and inspire our target audience to accept as well as  promote freestyle football to the lofty height and the global phenomenon that it is now fast developing into. The infusion of Kate Henshaw and Tonto Dikeh into the event is to create an entertainment appeal to the sport and quip the interest of the youths. We are glad to have them onboard as brand ambassadors.” Ozigbo said.

The qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship will hold on September 13th -14th, 2018 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos. After the qualifying rounds, the best 16 male and 8 female freestyle athletes in Africa will emerge to battle it out at the grand finale on September 15, 2018 in a keenly contested competition that is expected to produce the first African male and female Freestyle Football Champions.

The new ambassadors, while commenting on their new role as ambassadors of Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, took turns to commend the firm for the hard work that has seen it rise to the height attained within a short period, while also noting that the gesture is indeed an honour.

“I am in-tune with the mission of this tournament, to develop and sustain the growth of the art of freestyle football because I have a passion for the development of grassroot football. What feet and tricks is doing is basically creating an avenue to accommodate these freestylers who have been neglected all over the continent.” said Fashanu.

“My interest in this sport grew when I realised the huge potential it has to impact grassroots football and make an otherwise overlooked freestyler a celebrity, at no cost at all. I am happy to be part of this and I encourage people to register to attend the event.” Kate Henshaw said.

Waidi Akanni said, “Freestyle football is the foundation of beautiful football, and it is an honor to be an ambassador of a tournament that is determined to touch lives and mine this huge reserve of talent in Africa. Because of the lack of structure in the sport, it has been impossible to harness the economic and entertainment potentials it possesses.  This championship by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International brings structure and reward to the table, making it possible for freestyle football to be more than just a hobby.”

Tonto Dikeh said “Last year,  it was just a Nigerian Championship but this year, Feet ‘n’ Tricks has extended the event reach to Africa. It shows a growing company with a vision and I am happy to be brought on board as an ambassador. I am here to also encourage more women to be part of this game, because I have seen that this is one football sport that women find incredibly entertaining and awesomely beautiful. ”

The 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship is a perfect fusion of freestyle football and entertainment as top musical and dance artistes will be performing, including Falz, Vanessa Mdee, Kcee, Mayorkun, Slim Case and Mr Real. The championship will also host international freestyle professionals; Guinness world record holder, Iya Traore and Female freestyle legend, Raquel Benetti from Brazil.

While appreciating Feet ‘n’ Tricks, Samson Siasia said: “Associating with an organization that is poised to project and reward talent in Africa is a good one for me because I am particularly happy with the positive impact this championship is having on the youths in Africa, who have only their freestyle skills to survive. This puts them on a pedestal for the world stage, and I foresee a world freestyle football championship from Africa. Anything is possible”,

This event is endorsed by World Freestyle Football Association and proudly sponsored by Heritage Bank, Sprite,  GAC Motors, MTN, Startimes, FIRS, Eko Disco, Goal.com among others.

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EPL: Brighton beat Manchester United 3-2

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MANCHESTER UNITED slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion as Jose Mourinho’s men lost early ground on their title rivals.

United went into Sunday’s showdown at the Amex Stadium having watched reigning champions Manchester City and Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea secure three points against Huddersfield and Arsenal respectively.

Manchester United will have to come from behind in order to win their first Premier League title since 2013 though thanks to goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross.

Murray put Brighton a goal to the good after 25 minutes with a cute flick at the near post and Duffy was on hand two minutes later to extend their advantage.

Romelu Lukaku got United back into the game 10 minutes before the break but Jose Mourinho’s men failed to stay close to Brighton for long.

Gross stepped up and dispatched his penalty thanks to a deflection off David De Gea after Eric Bailly had a rush of blood to the head in the box.

United failed to muster a response in the second half and Paul Pogba’s late penalty came too late to threaten Brighton’s hopes of gaining three points.

The result leaves an increasingly under-pressure Mourinho down in the dumps while the Seagulls soar following their first win of the new season.

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