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WAUG: Heritage Bank Reaffirms Commitment to Youth, Sport Devt

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By Dipo Olowookere

Tier-two Nigerian lender, Heritage Bank Plc, has restated commitment to improved youth and sport developments in the country, thereby attaining rapid growth in these areas, through sponsorship of sporting activities in tertiary institutions.

MD/CEO of Heritage Bank, Mr Ifie Sekibo, affirmed this at the just concluded 14th edition of the West African Universities Game (WAUG) held in Port Harcourt at the University of Port Harcourt.

The bank recently supported the premier edition of Africa Freestyle Football Championship and continued to sponsor youth entrepreneurial initiatives, particularly, The Next Titan,” a reality television show.

Mr Sekibo, who was represented by a Senior Manager, Mr Oladapo Lawal, stressed that the financial institution has strong desire to see young Nigerians succeed in other areas other than what they studied in school, whilst urging government at all levels and private institutions to pay closer attention to sponsorship and innovation.

He stated that Heritage Bank, as the sponsor of WAUG, is working assiduously towards achieving its vision to become a bank of national reckoning for which it was established.

He noted that there is need for institutions to give back to society through sponsorship.

“Heritage Bank believes in development. These are University Students and we want to level our legacy on University students that is one of reasons we decided to sponsor the event. We have the tenacity to develop and sport is a way of developing youths in the country. We want to encourage the youth and I believe that this type of games are capable of robbing off on the students in future.

“I would advise the federal government to look in this direction, because when we support this kind of project, we are developing our country. The government needs to do more in sponsorship drive of sports in the country,” he noted.

Meanwhile, UNIPORT emerged the overall winner of the 14th WAUG, 2018 amassing 125 medals to top the log.

A breakdown of the figures shows that UNIPORT won 75 gold, 26 silver and 24 bronze medals to beat University of Lagos (UNILAG), the first runners up that scored 16 gold, 24 silver and 16 bronze. The second Runners up was University of Cape Coast, Ghana that bagged 9 gold and 16 silver medals.

The football event went to University for Development Studies, Ghana that beat Bayero University, Kano (BUK) 4-2 on penalties after the duo played out a  1-1 draw within  90 minutes regulation time and 30 minutes extra time.

Declaring the competition closed, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu congratulated the winners and indeed all the participants for a job well done.

He commended UNIPORT for organizing what he described as one of the best championships in the history of WAUG.

The Minister said university games and sports generally should be encouraged in our institutions to build friendships and bridge barriers among the students in Nigeria and beyond, promising that federal government will continue to encourage sports in our schools.

In his speech, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of UNIPORT, Prof Ndowa Lale commended Heritage Bank for its sponsorship to the successful competition. He congratulated he winners and the losers alike. The VC particularly commended University of Cape Coast for coming all the way from Ghana  to lift  the football trophy regarded as the king of sports.

Prof Lale who said the hosting of the games was not perfect, expressed confidence that subsequent editions will be better.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Chelsea £4.25bn Takeover Complete as UK, Abramovich Agree

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The £4.25 billion takeover of Chelsea Football Club has been completed after Russian billionaire, Mr Roman Abramovich, agreed to the United Kingdom government’s terms for the sale.

Business Post had reported that an American consortium bid led by Mr Todd Boehly, a part-owner of baseball’s LA Dodgers, was given permission to go through.

According to Ms Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary, the UK government issued a licence on Tuesday night that permits the sale of Chelsea.

“We will now begin the process of ensuring the proceeds of the sale are used for humanitarian causes in Ukraine, supporting victims of the war. The steps today will secure the future of this important cultural asset and protect fans and the wider football community.

“We have been in discussions with relevant international partners for necessary licences required and we thank them for all their cooperation,” she said.

The sale will follow a two-step process under which £2.5 billion will go into an escrow account until the government is satisfied the funds will go to a charity for victims of the war in Ukraine.

Mr Boehly’s group has committed to invest a further £1.75 billion in the club and Mr Abramovich has agreed to legally binding guarantees allowing his £1.6 billion loans to Chelsea to go into a frozen account under government control.

The government has sought assurances that the charity will be independent of Mr Abramovich and Mr Mike Penrose, a former UNICEF UK executive director has been asked to run the foundation.

The ordeal of the Russian is tied to the ongoing aggression against Ukraine by Russia since February 24 with the UK and allies including the United States and the European Union using sanctions on Russian companies and businessmen as one of the main tools to respond to the invasion of Ukraine.

“Late last night the UK government reached a position where we could issue a licence that permits the sale of Chelsea Football Club.

“Following the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich, the government has worked hard to ensure Chelsea Football Club has been able to continue to play football. But we have always been clear that the long-term future of the club could only be secured under a new owner,” a statement from the UK government said.

Chelsea won 21 trophies under Mr Abramovich, including five Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and the Club World Cup.

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Highest Paid Nigerian Footballer – How Much Do Nigerian Footballers Earn

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The phrase “Naija no dey carry last” has been evident in football recently as there has been an influx of Nigerian footballers playing abroad. Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria with millions of fans supporting their clubs abroad. Nigeria has always been a home of incredible football talents and with more amazing young footballers showing in recent years, the weekly wages of Nigerian footballers has been on a rise.

The huge wages being paid to Nigerian footballers isn’t a surprise as the impact of the players is evident in those teams. Aside from the high wages they earn, Naija footballers are being traded for a huge amount of money. In the summer of 2020, Victor Oshimen became the most expensive African footballer of all time as he joined Napoli from Lille for about $80 million-plus add-on. Hardly any top European league without a Nigerian footballer performing at a high level and earning huge wages. A good sign for the Super Eagles as the national squad is now full of top talents.

We have decided to go on an adventure to reveal the highest-paid footballers from Nigeria, who are also featured in the best football predictions bettors will find on Takebet Nigeria. We have searched all leagues where Nigerian players compete, from European leagues such as English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga to other top leagues.

Let’s dig into the list of the highest-paid footballers from Nigeria.

Odion Ighalo – Striker, Al-Hilal – $170,000 (last know)

Odion Ighalo is one of the most popular Nigerian players. The striker became the first Nigerian international to play for Manchester United after he joined the club on loan from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020. Odion Ighalo scored five goals in 23 appearances before returning to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of his loan.

The Nigerian international joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab from the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in 2021. Ighalo scored 10 league goals in 19 appearances for Shanghai Shenhua. Odion made his debut in 2005 and moved to Europe in 2008 where he joined Udinese. The Nigerian international joined Watford during the 2014-15 and scored 36 league goals in 90 appearances for the club.

Odion Ighalo represented the Super Eagles during the 2018 World Cup. The Nigerian international holds the record for the most goals scored during a single Africa Cup of Nations with seven goals in 2019.

Ighalo earned $170,000 per week in Al Shabab. Odion Ighalo joins Al-Hilal, another Saudi football club, after the AFCON 2021. His salary in the new club is currently unknown, but the striker is sure to keep his #1 spot.

Victor Osimhen – Striker, Napoli – $110,000

Victor Osimhen is currently one of the best strikers in Europe. The Nigerian international has been amazing for Napoli this season after a slow start to life in the Italian Club. Victor Osimhen became the most expensive Africa striker in history after he joined Napoli from Lille for a fee of about $80 million in the winter transfer of 2020.

The Napoli striker has scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for the Italian side. Osimhen had an incredible rise to glory as he wasn’t able to join either Zulte Waregem or Club Brugge in his early days due to Malaria. Victor was in Nigeria’s under-17 team that won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian international won the Golden Boot in the tournament with 10 goals. He also won the Silver Ball award during the tournament.

Osimhen missed out on the 2018 World Cup squad. He made his debut for the national team in 2017. The Nigerian international made the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and has been brilliant since then. He has scored 10 goals in 18 appearances for the national team.

Victor currently plays in Napoli and he earns $110,000 per week.

Wilfred Ndidi – Midfielder, Leicester City – $100,000

Wilfred Ndidi is currently one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. The Nigerian international has been incredible since he joined Leicester City from Genk in the winter transfer of 2017 for $20m. Ndidi has scored 10 goals in 196 appearances since he joined the club.

The Nigerian international won the most tackles in the Premier League (138) during the 2017-18 season. He also won the most tackles in the league in the following season of 2018-19. Wilfred Ndidi was an important player of the squad that won the 2020-21 FA Cup as they defeated Chelsea by a goal to nil.

Ndidi represented Nigeria during the 2016 Summer Olympics. He made the squad for the 2018 World Cup as they were knocked out in the group stage. Ndidi also represented the Super Eagles in the 2019 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 47 caps for the Nigerian national team.

Wilfred Ndidi currently plays for Leicester City and earns $100,000 per week.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Striker, Leicester City – $80,000

Seniorman Kelz as he is widely regarded came into the limelight after an impressive outing during the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian international won the Golden Ball award as the Super Eagles won the tournament. Iheanacho scored six goals during the competition as he won the Silver Boot.

Kelechi Iheanacho joined Manchester City in 2015. Iheanacho scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for Manchester City as he won the English Football League Cup. The Nigerian international joined Leicester City for a fee of about $30 million in the summer of 2017. Iheanacho was brilliant during the 2020-21 season as he scored 12 goals in the Premier League, overperforming his expected goals of 8.20.

Iheanacho represented Nigeria during the 2018 World Cup. The Leicester City striker also represented the Super Eagles during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Iheanacho has scored 12 goals in 42 appearances for the national team.

Kelechi Iheanacho currently plays for Leicester City and earns $80,000.

Alex Iwobi – Midfielder, Everton – $68,000

Alex Iwobi started his club career with Arsenal as he joined the youth team in 2004. The Nigerian international made his senior debut in 2015 for Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Iwobi scored 15 goals in 149 appearances for Arsenal as he spent four seasons with the senior team. The Nigerian international joined Everton from Arsenal for a fee of about $45 million in the summer of 2019. Iwobi won the FA Cup and two Community Shields with the Gunners. The Nigerian international has scored six goals in 80 appearances for Everton.

Alex made his international debut for Nigeria in 2015 although he started as a youth international for England. The Everton player has scored nine goals in 53 appearances for the Super Eagles. Iwobi scored the winning goal against Zambia to secure a spot for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup. He was featured in the 2018 World Cup as Nigeria was knocked out in the group stage.

Iwobi played for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian international was sent off in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as the Super Eagles suffered a 0-1 defeat to Tunisia.

Alex Iwobi currently plays for Everton and earns $68,000.

Victor Moses – Midfielder, Spartak Moscow – $56,000

Victor Moses was a popular player amongst Nigerian fans after he played a huge role in Chelsea’s Premier League triumph during the 2016-17 season. The Nigerian international started his club career in Crystal Palace before joining Wigan in 2010. Chelsea signed Moses in the summer of 2022 from Wigan. Moses went on loan to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United before returning for the 2016-17 season.

The Nigerian international was converted to a right wing-back under Antonio Conte as Chelsea won the league. Moses was later loaned out to different teams such as Fenerbache, Inter Millan and Spartak Moscow. The latter club signed the player on a permanent basis in July 2021. Victor Moses scored 18 goals in 128 appearances while playing for Chelsea. He won the Premier League, FA Cup and two UEFA Europa League titles with the Blues.

Victor Moses scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for the Nigeria national team. The Spartak Moscow player was an important player in Nigeria’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph. Moses featured for the Super Eagles in the 2014 World Cup and the 2018 World Cup where he scored a goal in the 1-2 defeat to Argentina.

Victor Moses currently plays for Spartak Moscow and earns $56,000.

Moses Simon – Winger, Nantes – $40,000

Moses Simon was Nigeria’s best player during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian international started his senior club career with AS Trencin in 2014 where he scored 17 goals in 39 appearances before joining Gent in 2015. Moses scored 21 goals in 136 appearances with Gent as he spent four seasons at the club before joining Levante. The Nigerian international won the Belgian Pro League and Belgian Super Cup while in Gent.

Moses joined Levante on loan for the 2019-20 season with an option to buy. The deal was made permanent the following season as he signed a four-year deal. Moses has scored 17 goals in 85 appearances for Nantes.

Simon made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2015 against Uganda. He has scored six goals in 45 appearances for the national team. Simon represented Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Highest paid Nigerian footballer FAQ

Who is the highest-paid footballer in Nigeria?

Odion Ighalo is the highest-paid Nigerian footballer. Ighalo joined Al Shabab from Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020 where he was being paid $402,000. The Nigerian international was the first player to play for Manchester United after he took a pay cut and received $200,000 to join the club on loan.

The Nigerian international was paid $170,000 in Al Shabab, and he is thought to stay in the same salary range in his new Saudi club, Al-Hilal, which he joins after the AFCON 2021.

Who is the richest Nigerian football player overall?

John Obi Mikel is the richest Nigerian footballer with a net worth of about $57 million. The Nigerian international is one of the greatest footballers in the country’s history. Mike Obi made his fortunes while playing for Chelsea in the Premier League. He spent 11 seasons at Chelsea where he scored six goals in 372 appearances for the club. Mikel won two Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, three FA Cup, one English Football League Cup and one FA Community Shield during his time at Chelsea.

Mikel Obi is currently a free agent after his contract with Kuwait SC was terminated just four months after joining the club.

Who is the most expensive footballer from Nigeria?

Victor Osimhen is the most expensive Nigerian footballer. Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille for a fee of about $80m in 2020 after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances for the French club. The Nigerian international has scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for Napoli. Osimhen is being paid $110,000 per week in Napoli.

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Introduction to Online Casino

Online casinos are a great way to gamble from the comfort of your own home. They offer all the same games that you would find in a land-based casino but with the added benefit of not having to leave your house. There are many different types of games available, so everyone can find something they enjoy in online casino Singapore.

Online casinos also offer players access to slots and video poker machines, which are some of the most popular games in land-based casinos. These games allow players to win online casino free credit by spinning three or more matching symbols on their slot machine or by drawing a certain card combination on their video poker machine.

So What is Online Casino Credit?

A casino credit card is similar to a traditional credit card application, except that the application asks for a minimum balance in your account. This way, the casino knows that you have the money to pay off the balance. Also, the casino wants to know that you’re a good risk for overextending yourself. Then, it will issue you a card, based on your credit score and payment history. It can be used to make deposits and withdrawals at the casino.

The best way to apply for casino credit is to visit the casino a few days before your trip. Most casinos will take a few days to review your application. If you haven’t made your plans yet, this is a good time to start. If you’re going to be spending a lot of money, you can use this line of credit to play with higher stakes and pay the balance off in full. But it’s important to remember that it’s important to pay off the credit in full. If you’re unable to do so, seek legal help to help you.

Casino credit is a great way to make a big purchase at the casino. But it’s not for everyone. While a casino’s credit card can help you play bigger and win more often, there are also certain requirements that you must meet. Most casinos require a form that you fill out, and they may have a limit on the amount you can borrow. Then, you’ll need to pay the amount back within a certain amount of time. If you don’t have enough money to pay off the credit, you should seek legal advice.

How Does Online Casino Credit Works?

A casino credit card can help you pay for your casino game bills. The process is simple and fast. You’ll need to bring a copy of your check to apply. It’s not hard to establish an account and get a card. Once you’ve established your account, you’ll be able to use your new credit anytime you wish. You’ll never have to carry cash and worry about paying ATM fees again. The casino’s credit card can even be a great way to help you save time.

As with any type of credit card, you should always remember that the money you spend in a casino is real money. You can lose it if you don’t manage it correctly. To be safe, always use a bank card. Then, you’ll be happy. It’s a great way to gamble. It’s the best way to make sure you win in a casino. It’s easy to use, and it’s a great way to enjoy a weekend in Vegas.

Casino credit cards are a great way to enjoy a casino game. It’s very convenient for people who want to play for a long time. The money is usually easy to use and issuing a credit card is fast and easy. It takes only 30 minutes to get a card. You can also use a Visa or MasterCard. There are no fees to apply for a casino credit at Resorts. You can even use it to pay for your hotel.

Verdict

Online casino is a game of chance. It has many benefits and is safe to play. Online casinos offer a lot more than just games of chance. They have live dealers, big jackpots, and tournaments among other things. Online casinos are safe to play because they are regulated by gaming commissions in the countries where they operate. The best thing about online casinos is that they are very easy to access and often offer bonuses for new players. You can enjoy the games without having to leave your home or worry about finding parking at a casino.

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