By Adedapo Adesanya
European football enthusiasts will witness the re-enactment of last year’s Union of the European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League final at this year’s competition as defending champions, Bayern Munich face finalists, Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final following a draw held today in Nyon, Switzerland.
In another round of an expected thriller, fans will also see the two finalists in 2018 slug it out as Real Madrid welcome Liverpool, who went on to win the competition in 2019.
Madrid triumphed 3-1 in the encounter in Kyiv in 2018. Karim Benzema’s opening goal was cancelled out by Sadio Mané, but two further strikes from substitute Gareth Bale gave the Spanish outfit the trophy for the 13th time.
2004 winners, FC Porto of Portugal will welcome 2012 winners, Chelsea FC of England in the first leg at its stadium, the Estádio do Dragão while the return leg will be played in Stamford Bridge.
Another English Premier League heavyweight, Manchester City FC will face German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund in a bid to make it to the last four.
Champions League quarter-final draw
The draw also mapped out how the semi-finals of the competition will be played.
QF 3 v QF 1: Bayern Munich or PSG v Man City or Dortmund
QF 4 v QF 2: Real or Liverpool v Porto or Chelsea
First legs: 6/7 April
Second legs: 13/14 April
First legs: 27/28 April
Second legs: 4/5 May.
The final of the prestigious event will be played on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at a time yet to be determined by UEFA. The match will however be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, where Liverpool won the competition in 2005 on penalties after staging a 3-3 comeback against AC Milan.
Things to Consider Before Starting an Online Casino Business
The online gambling market is increasing every year, and entrepreneurs are looking at this trend as a chance to establish their own online casino business.
Investing money in a proven system that determines your profit margin, and almost fixed costs once you are up and running sounds like a recipe for success.
But is it?
Well, starting an online casino business is a tough thing to do, especially when you consider all the competition you have to beat. The online casino business requires a lot of preparations, obtaining licenses, and hiring the right team just to make sure that you won’t run into trouble in the future.
In today’s article, we will take a look at some of the things that you must consider before perusing your casino business dream.
Trusted Software Provider
The first step of this journey starts with choosing the right software provider. This is the most important thing for your business, just because it will dictate how your website will work, its safety, payment options, and games that are included.
Since most of the things will be sorted by your software, you must choose a reliable software provider from a company with a high reputation. You should ask for developmental efficiency and cost-effectiveness from your service provider.
It is better to go for a more expensive software provider that will do a better job, than running with the risks of cheaper software providers that can destroy your business reputation.
Obtain an Online License
In order to start your online casino business, you must obtain your online licenses. Even though this process might be complicated at first, it will all be sorted out by your software provider and you don’t need to lift a finger.
This is also why choosing a reliable software provider is crucial, since they will assist you with many things until you open your business.
Think about Marketing
Building your casino business might seem like a complicated process, but it is nothing compared to getting customers through the front doors of your business. Since online casinos are delicate topics in terms of gambling, the advertising methods are very limited.
Most countries don’t allow TV casinos or even outdoor advertising. Additionally, social media websites also have regulations in terms of displaying casino ads on their platforms. This means that you need to come up with a strategy that will bring people to your casino without using the conventional methods of advertising.
Most casino companies are promoting their services through websites and blogs, and the best way to attract people’s attention is through bonuses and sign-up rewards.
The most common mistake people make is thinking about globalization with their online casinos and making it available in many regions in the world. However, there is a big issue with this plan just because each country or region has its own laws and regulations in terms of online casinos and you might run into trouble if you showcase the same model everywhere.
That’s why it is advisable to start locally and learn the requirements from other countries and slowly adapt the software to work somewhere else.
Safe Payment System
One of the most important pillars of the casino business is the payment options. After all, this business is all about money, where people invest and expect something in return.
You need a secured system that couldn’t be taken down even by the top 10 NFL linebackers of all time –edge.twinspires.com/nfl/top-10-nfl-linebackers-of-all-time/.
Establishing a safe payment system should be your top priority, and fortunately, most software companies can assist you with choosing the most reliable payment gateways and incorporate them into your website or app.
Nowadays, it is all about visuals and how the casino looks. This can be a deciding factor for users when they choose where to play their games, which means that you need to work hard on creating a unique website design that stands out from the crowd.
Additionally, every element you add to your website can slow it down and affect the UX, so finding the right balance between functionality and aesthetics is very important.
Titans Win 2021 Shitsuke Flag Football League
By Sodeinde Temidayo David
Titans have retained the 2021 Shitsuke Flag Football League after defeating Lagos Rebels by 61 to 41 in a tense match held recently.
It was a spectacular outing that was every inch a final after nine consecutive Sundays of nine teams going head-to-head.
The championship, in its 5th season, was sponsored by VBank, which prides itself as Nigeria’s digital banking platform and banking app of the year 2020.
For the last year, the platform, powered by VFD Microfinance bank, has sponsored one sporting event after the other.
The V Shitsuke Flag Football league season 5 recognised individual brilliance as Odunayo Komolafe and Vivienne John were awarded the Male & Female Most Valuable Player (MVP) plaques respectively.
Speaking on the championship, the Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication, VFD Group, Ms Efeturi Doghudje, stated that, “VFD as a corporate establishment believes in promoting social cohesion in our local environments and that is why sponsoring sporting activities will remain an attraction for us.”
“In addition to keeping people fit, team sports like flag football encourage more people to bond either by watching and cheering their favourite teams or by playing in the games.
“The Shitsuke league, in particular, is doing a great job of making flag football more popular in Nigeria and VBank will continue to support innovations,” she further said.
Last April, VBank had partnered with Lagos Country Club to host a 2-week snooker & billiards tournament where winners won a total of N600,000 in cash.
Prior to that, the digital bank had sponsored its maiden snooker tournament which was held at eBar in Lekki, Lagos steadily building its footprints in Nigeria’s sporting scene.
Ibadan Golf Club Praises Heritage Bank for Sponsorship
By Sodeinde Temidayo David
The prestigious Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) has commended the management of Heritage Bank for sponsoring its 30th anniversary held recently.
The event, which attracted several personalities, including the Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, was also to honour pioneers of golf sport in Nigeria.
Captain of the Ibadan Golf Club, Mr Oladiran Ibironke, heaped praises on Heritage Bank and others providing financial support to ensure the success of the event.
“Special thanks to Heritage Bank Plc., the anniversary’s major sponsor for enlarging our coast financially in order to make the anniversary elaborate and eventful. You will forever be remembered in the history of Ibadan Golf Club,” he stated.
“We are celebrating 30 years today because some great minds came together and established what we are celebrating today.
“From the history that we heard, they started from Ibadan Recreation Club before moving over to where we are today in 1990,” Mr Ibironke added.
In her remarks, the acting Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, Ms Ozena Utulu, expressed the gratitude of the lender to support the programme, which had over 150 golfers, as well as to be associated with Ibadan Golf Club.
She explained that the sponsorship was hinged on its brand’s passion to support sports, especially golf in promoting health, wellbeing and nation-building.
Ms Utulu stated that Heritage Bank, as the sponsor of Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th anniversary, was working diligently towards achieving its vision of becoming a bank known for promoting healthy lifestyles and the general wellbeing of the society at large.
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