By Adedapo Adesanya
Business mogul and Africa’s richest man, Mr Aliko Dangote, has decided to push back his interest in procuring English top flight team, Arsenal Football Club, for now. However, he hinted of a possible takeover by 2021.
Mr Dangote, who has a chain of businesses across the consumer sector, is seeking to expand his footprints into the sports industry with the acquirement of Arsenal FC, the club which he supports.
While making an appearance on the David Rubenstein Show recently, he reiterated his interest in buying the club, but stressed that this would take a backseat this year as he had other projects on his hands.
“It is a team (Arsenal) that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying today is we have $20 billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on.
“I’m trying to finish building the company (Dangote Refinery in Lagos) and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can,” he said.
“I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level,” Mr Dangote declared.
Over the years, the 62-year-old has always spoken about his interest in buying the North London club. In an interview with Reuters in 2018, Mr Dangote said “We will go after Arsenal from 2020… even if somebody buys, we will still go after in.”
Arsenal, which is currently under the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), owned by American billionaire, Mr Stanley Kroenke, had through the club’s director, Josh Kroenke last year confirmed that the club’s management was still under the family.
The 62-year old is worth over $10 billion according to Forbes, and is richer than Arsenal’s current who has an estimated wealth of $9.7billion, while the club is current estimated at a brand value of $993 million according to Statista.
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.
Firm Gives NTA Rights to Broadcast Tokyo 2020 Olympics
By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigeria’s leading sports marketing and management company, Integral, has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on free-to-air television.
As a result, the company will once again work with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Network to deliver all content on its free-to-air-platform
This sub-license deal comes from Infront, a Wanda Sports Group company and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) exclusive rights holder for free-to-air distribution rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. The deal is in addition to Integral’s existing Premier League sub-license free-to-air media rights agreement on NTA.
The exclusive package includes TV broadcasts of live events as well as repeats and highlights from the Olympics.
As a result of the collaboration, over 200 hours of sporting content will be available on the NTA Network with 6 to 9 hours of daily content throughout the period of the Games from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Speaking on the development, Mr Christophe Van Rothem, Infront Associate Director Media rights said: “Our objective is to maximize the reach of the Olympic Games 2020 and this partnership with our trusted partner Integral, will ensure we are able to bring this unique and thrilling event to millions of households in Nigeria.”
According to the Managing Director of Integral, Mrs Abimbola Ilo, “Following our partnership for the Premier League free-to-air rights, we are pleased to be working with Infront again to deliver high-quality sports moments to Nigerians.
“This is an important avenue to showcase the talents and tell the stories of exceptional athletes as they compete on the world’s biggest stage in Tokyo.”
Also speaking on the deal, Mr Yakubu Ibn Mohammed, the Director-General of NTA stated, “As Nigeria’s most popular broadcaster, we are committed to delivering quality content to our viewers and proud to be partnering with Integral again on what promises to be yet another exciting sports event.
“With this partnership, we will once again be bringing the best of premium sports to the widest distribution in Nigeria,” he said.
For Mrs Chichi Nwoko Integral’s Associate Director, Sports Rights and Media Partnership, she added, “We are happy to partner with Infront to bring another exciting major sports event to passionate Nigerian fans.
“As we add to our growing media rights catalogue, Integral is delighted to be at the centre of delivering live sports content to Nigerians yet again.”
Business Post understands that although the ceremony is officially to commence today, activities like men and women football among others with a longer period have started.
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