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GTCO, Lead Sponsor Of NUGA 2022 Receives Torch of Unity From UNILAG

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Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), the lead sponsor of the 26th edition of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA), at a ceremony in Lagos, was presented the Torch of Unity by the host institution, the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The higher institutions sports fiesta begins tomorrow, March 16, 2022.

There are over 5,000 athletes from 75 accredited universities that will be competing in 16 sporting events, across designated centers. Participants are drawn from federal, state, and private universities.

At a ceremony to unveil GTCO as NUGA Games’ main sponsor, the Vice-Chancellor of the host institution, the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, lauded the bank for the role it is playing in assisting the school especially, during Industrial Training attachment and employment of her graduates.

“We acknowledged the part being played by the bank in the area of employment, especially our students also opportunity given to them to practice the required industrial training as we look forward to a good relationship with the bank,” he said.

Speaking on the task, Group CEO, GT Holdings Company, Mr. Segun Agbaje, said the firm has benefitted a lot from the products of the school, which have added value to its operation, adding that lessons learnt in sports will also be beneficial in the banking business.

“It is truly an honour to be the lead sponsor of the NUGA Games. We are doing this for a couple of reasons: aside from the fact that some of our staffers are alumni of the university, the school has also given us the best and most bright people. We are partial and we’ve been partial, and so, we have to be part of this.

“We like sports because we believe that sports teach people lessons of life. But it is very important to us that you compete and play by the rules and that is very important to us because our byline is also playing by the rules.

“There is no way you can win if you cheat because that is an easier thing to do. The more difficult thing to do is to win fairly and play by the rules. I found out that the lessons you learnt in sports: persevering, encountering, and engaging is what business is.”

“But more importantly, the rules in succeeding in sports are no different from the rules in succeeding in business. And from that perspective, we are honoured to be sponsoring the NUGA Games. And for all that are going to compete, we wish them best luck,” he stated.

In attendance at the event are Executive Secretary, Nigerian University Games Association, NUGA, Dr. Joseph Awoyinfa; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa; UNILAG/ NUGA Games Lead Project and Group CE/ Founder, The Temple Company, Mr. Idris Olorunnimbe, Corporate Communications & External Relations, GT Holdings Co., Oyinade Adegite, Group Head, among other dignitaries.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly “Agrees To A £173million/Yr Contract With Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr”

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed on a bumper £172.9million-a-year contract with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

This is coming after the 37-year-old had his Manchester United contract terminated following a tumultuous relationship with the club over controversial statements in a TV interview with Piers Morgan.

Now, Ronaldo is said to have sensationally agreed to a two-and-a-half year deal with Al Nassr – worth an eye-watering £172.9million per year that will see him play until the age of 40, according to Spanish newspaper outlet Marca.

The former Real Madrid star rejected a switch to Saudi last summer, but without any firm interest from Europe’s elite clubs, he looks set to now make the move.

Al-Nassr are one of the most successful clubs in Saudi Arabia, having been crowned winners of the country’s top flight nine times, with their most recent triumph coming in 2019. They are currently managed by Frenchman Rudi Garcia, who has previously coached Roma, Marseille, and Lyon.

The Saudi giants also have a few big-name stars including goalkeeper David Ospina, Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, and Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar – who scored a contender for goal of the tournament at the Qatar World Cup earlier this week.

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FIFA Honours Nigerian Journalist Kunle Solaja For Covering 9 World Cups

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Kunle Solaja, Nigerian journalist and publisher of Sports Village Square, has been honoured by FIFA, in collaboration with the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), for his coverage of nine World Cup tournaments.

The ace sports journalist was celebrated alongside 81 others in a ceremony held in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday.

Solaja and South Africa’s Mark Glesson are the only Africans decorated with the prize.

They were presented with a certificate of achievement jointly signed by Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, and Gianni Merlo, the AIPS president.

A miniature replica of the World Cup trophy was also awarded to the journalists.

Speaking on the achievement, Solaja said he is inspired by journalists who have covered more than 15 World Cups and described the recognition as fulfilling.

“It’s been very fantastic. The World Cup, to me, is the biggest worldwide spectacle that we can talk about. To be part of it has been very amazing and very fulfilling for me too,” he said.

“I’m further inspired by people who’ve covered 15, 16, 17 World Cups, and I hope I’ll be able to do that. In my first World Cup, I met a man, Diego Lucero, who was then known to be the only man to have watched all the editions of the World Cup.”

Solaja covered his first World Cup in 1990. He has since then travelled to all the venues of the subsequent editions to report the quadrennial competition.

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2022 World Cup: Iran Frees Over 700 Prisoners After Win Over Wales

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Iran has released more than 700 prisoners after the natin’s football team’s World Cup victory over Wales, the Judiciary’s Mizan Online website said on Monday.

It announced that “709 detainees were freed from different prisons in the country” following the 2-0 victory earlier on Friday.

Among those are “some arrested during the recent events,” Mizan Online said, making indirect reference to demonstrations which have shaken Iran for more than two months. It gave no further detail.

The ongoing protests were triggered by the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest by morality police for an alleged breach of Iran’s strict dress rules for women.

Other Iranian media separately reported that prominent Iranian actor, Hengameh Ghaziani, had been released on bail after her arrest for having supported the protests.

Two of the most prominent figures detained over the demonstrations, former international footballer, Voria Ghafouri and dissident Hossein Ronaghi were also let out on bail, reports said.

State news agency, IRNA, reported on Monday that former state television host, Mahmoud Shahriari, 63, had been released after two months in prison for “encouraging riots”.

Iran on Friday scored twice deep into stoppage time to stun Wales and breathe new life into its 2022 World Cup campaign ahead of a politically charged showdown Tuesday against the United States.

Iran lost its first World Cup match to England 6-2 in Qatar.

Iran’s judiciary says more than 2,000 people have been charged since the start of the protests.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, last week said around 14,000 people were arrested.

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