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After End of Loan, Odion Ighalo bids Manchester United farewell

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For the Nigerian Foward, Odion Ighalo playing for his childhood club Manchester United is an honour and a dream come through. But his spell at The Theatre of Dreams has come to an end.

 

“It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end,” Ighalo said in a farewell message to Manchester United fans.

 

“But I give God the glory for helping me fulfill this life long dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honor I will forever cherish and be grateful for.”

 

United signed Ighalo in January 2020 on transfer deadline day for six months and later extended his deal in June. This loan will officially expire on January 31 2021.

 

The former Nigeria Super Eagles striker’s spell at United was like an unlikely fairytale. As a United fan, he fulfilled his dream of playing for and scoring for the club.

 

Ighalo joined Manchester United at a time when the Premier League was hard-hit by injuries to forward players – Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Anthony Martial battling with light injuries too.

 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was optimistic in Ighalo’s quality and experience after his transfer from Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

 

“The club has always been very good and, in Odion, we get a proper man, a great lad and a good goalscorer,” Solskjaer told the club website.

Odion Ighalo netted five goals in total for United, with all of them scored in the Europa League and FA Cup.

 

Months after, majority of the injured forward players regained fitness. This reduced his playing time across all competitions for Manchester United.

 

Ighalo’s continued sideline became undebatable when the club signed Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint German on a free transfer in October.

However, the Nigerian will be remembered as a player who made his contribution to the club when they needed despite being on a short term.

 

Ighalo is grateful for the opportunity to wear the Manchester United jersey as a player.

 

“To the Manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not, to my amazing team mates I will miss you guys, it was always fun and a time i look forward to training and spending time with all of you,” Ighalo said.

 

“I’m still and would remain a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN forever. Once a Red, always a Red.”

 

Odion Ighalo is cheering Manchester United who currently sit second to Manchester City to win the Premier League title and win the Emirates FA Cup.

 

Many Manchester United fans, especially Nigerians who wished his time at Old Trafford did not to come to an end have showered praises on the former Nigeria international.

 

Ighalo has not announced his next move after the expiration of his loan deal with Manchester United.

 

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Breaking: Anthony Joshua Suffers Second Defeat In Career, lose to Oleksandr Usyk

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British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua hasn’t lost to Oleksandr Usyk in an extraordinary match held at the  Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to win the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles.

Usyk dominated from the first bell, outclassing Joshua with a sublime performance in front of 67,000 fans in London.

 

Scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 were just rewarded after a sensational display from the unbeaten Usyk, who became only the third fighter after Evander Holyfield and David Haye to win the world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

 

This is the second defeat Joshua has suffered in his entire career.

 

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FIRSTBANK SPONSORS THE 5TH EDITION OF THE CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO GOLF TOURNAMENT

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (middle); Mr. Tunde Owolabi, Group Executive, Retail Banking (Lagos & West), First Bank of Nigeria Limited (right) and Mr. Kola Adeneye, Captain of Abeokuta Golf Club (left), following a courtesy visit to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Monday, ahead of the FirstBank sponsored 5th Olusegun Obasanjo Open Golf Championship organised by Abeokuta Golf Club, scheduled for this weekend.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its sponsorship of the 5th edition of the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo golf tournament, organized by the Abeokuta golf club. The competition, which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 14th August 2021 will have Chief Obasanjo perform the ceremonial Tee-off to the glamour of the 150 golfers participating from across Nigeria. 

Speaking on the competition, Kola Adeneye, the Captain of the Abeokuta golf club, said; “Abeokuta golf club is putting up this tournament, fully sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria Limited to celebrate Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, whom we all know to be an icon, a patriotic Nigerian and an entrepreneur. He is worthy to be celebrated and it’s not only when somebody dies that you celebrate him.

“So, Abeokuta golf club has put this tournament together to celebrate him and this is the fifth edition and we want to sincerely thank FirstBank for the support… It’s going to be a wonderful experience, a nice outing for golfers all over Nigeria to come and celebrate Baba Olusegun Obasanjo”, the captain emphasised.

Highlighting the Bank’s contribution to sports development in Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Owolabi, FirstBank’s Group Executive, Retail Banking (Lagos & West) said “we are delighted to join The Abeokuta Golf Club to honour Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for the indelible roles he has played to the socio-economic and political development of the country. The Bank’s influence in the development of sports in Nigeria is under its [email protected] initiative.

“In over a century, FirstBank has sponsored various sporting events known as its legacy sport. These events include the Georgian Cup of Kaduna Polo Club, for over 100 years; the Dala Tennis Hard Court in Kano Club for over 30 years; the FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship in Ikoyi Club which will be in its 60th year this November and the Obasanjo Pro-Amateur tournament of Abeokuta Club now in its 5th year”, he concluded.

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Heritage Bank Praised for supporting Ibadan Golf Club 

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Heritage Bank Plc has been commended for its continued supports of Nigeria’s sports sector, especially backing the Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th-anniversary event. 

The event that attracted dignitaries and stakeholders from various parastatals also had the presence of the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde and over 150 golfers participated in the tournament during the weeklong celebration.

In a speech during the grand finale of the 30th anniversary of the club, the Captain of the Ibadan Golf Club, Oladiran Ibironke commended one of Nigeria’s most vibrant financial institutions, Heritage Bank and others for 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.

Ibironke also praised the efforts of the founding fathers of the club while tracing the history of how the sporting club has continued to blossom.

He stated that tremendous transformations had occurred within the club since its inception 30 years ago.

“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,” Ibironke said.

Speaking on the 30th anniversary, the Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, Ozena Utulu noted that the Bank is delighted to be the lead sponsor and to be associated with Ibadan Golf Club, stating that the sponsorship is hinged on its brand’s passion to support sports, especially golf in promoting health, wellbeing, and nation-building.

She stated that Heritage Bank, as the sponsor of Ibadan Golf Club’s 30th anniversary, is working assiduously towards achieving its vision of becoming a bank known for promoting healthy lifestyles and the general wellbeing of the society at large.

“Heritage Bank believes in development. We have the tenacity to develop and sport is a way of developing Nigerians both young and old. We want to encourage the golfers; I believe that this type of games is capable of helping them to keep healthy and fit,” Utulu stated.

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