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Odion Ighalo wins Premier League Player of the Month award

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The Hornets striker and his coach were rewarded for their respective efforts in December with the Premier League’s player and manager of the month prizes

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Watford’s fairytale Premier League season continued on Friday as Quique Flores and Odion Ighalo were named the division’s manager and player of the month for December.

The Hornets won three, drew one and lost one of the five league games they played in the final month of 2015, as they finished the year in ninth place.

Wins over Norwich and Sunderland preceded a 3-0 win over Liverpool and a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, though their bright run came to an end as they lost 2-1 to Tottenham after going down to 10-men.
Such impressive results were enough to see Flores acknowledged as the best performing coach in the league last month.

Ighalo, meanwhile, beat Mesut Ozil, Marko Arnautovic, Riyad Mahrez, Romelu Lukaku and Dele Alli to the player award, having scored five times in December.

Watford’s top scorer netted a crucial goal against Norwich before firing home the winner against Sunderland.

The Nigerian then added a double against Jurgen Klopp’s men and equalised against Spurs before Son Heung-min’s late winner saw his side suffer a defeat.

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Keystone Bank partners Nilayo Sports to host Valuejet Remo Ultra Racetrack

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As a way of demonstrating its commitment to promoting fitness and healthy living amongst Nigerians, Keystone Bank Limited, recently partnered with Nilayo Sports Management Limited (NSML), to host the maiden edition of the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition.

The 50km ultra-distance race event held on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Sagamu, Ogun State, was the first African championship in IAU’s 35-year history. The three-in-one championship had about 4000 athletes from across 35 IAU member countries.

The race which took off at the Gateway International Stadium had in attendance dignitaries including the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, president of IAU in Africa, Solomon Ogba, executive director, Keystone Bank, Yemi Odusoya, ex- Nigeria athlete, Falilat Ogunkoya amongst others.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Bukola Olopade, the managing director of NSML said the race is one of the company’s numerous ways to create bond among Nigerians and the world at large.

“The ultra-marathon is first of its kind in Africa and we are elated that our company is responsible for bringing youths together to harness their talents. “Valuejet IAU African Championships is a trendsetter. The ultra-race has set an excellent example for ultra-running on the continent”, he concluded.Commenting on the bank’s involvement in the event, executive director of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Yemi Odusanya said the lender recognises the importance of health to nation building, stating, “A healthy workforce is considered the most productive workforce. Good health is critical to economic development and therefore, health remains one of our core CSR pillars in the bank.

Mr. Yemi Odusanya, Executive Director, Keystone Bank Limited; a guest and Prince Dapo Abiodun, Executive Governor, Ogun State at the maiden edition of the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition, held at Shagamu, Ogun State, recently.

Keystone Bank will continually strive to promote advanced healthcare in Nigeria.“The competition showcases the bank’s commitment to community investment and project financing.

“Therefore, sponsoring the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition is in line with our vision to promote a healthier nation as a whole.”At the event, winners of the 50-kilometre ultra-race in both foreign and local categories pocketed $2,000, while the second and the third placed runners received $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.For the Nigerian local five-kilometre run, the winner received N500, 000, runner-up N300, 000, while the second runner-up went home with N150, 000.

Nigerian musical artistes, CDQ, Slimcase and Naira Marley were also on ground to add glamour to the event.While Nilayo Sports Management is a sports management and marketing company, working with some of the biggest names in the world of sports like IAAF, CAA and AFN aimed at promoting sporting activities from grassroots level to international level in Africa, Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.

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AJ To Defend His WBO Title Against Mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk

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The president of the World Boxing Organisation has forced Anthony Joshua into defending his WBO title after winning his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

Francisco Varcarcel, the president of the organisation said in a statement that Joshua will have to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk within 180 days of Saturday’s win.

That means that Joshua will now have to face the prospect of defending his WBO title before June 4th, and If he does not agree to meet the Ukrainian former cruiserweight king before then, he will be forced to vacate his belt, according to Mail Online Sport. 

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The publication also added that If Joshua does vacate his belt, Usyk could face either Dereck Chisora or Joseph Parker for the strap, which would divide the belts further across the division.

 On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavyweight title rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The British-Nigerian boxer who suffered a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June in New York City, regained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles as he defeated the Mexican-American boxer by unanimous decision.

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Anthony Joshua has made us proud by exhibiting the I-can-do spirit of Ogun people – Governor Abiodun

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Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Ogun State on Sunday, December 11th felicitated with the world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua for displaying “Ogun standard of excellence” by reclaiming all titles in a re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.  

Governor Abiodun said that the State-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the nation would be great again.  “I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed.  

“God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our heart desires and ceaseless prayers for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.”  

“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success, That the feat happened in Saudi Arabia doubly excites me. God answered us”, an excited Abiodun said.

He also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus which he described as virtues ingrained in the DNA of Ogun people. “He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the I-can-do spirit of Ogun people”, Abiodun added.

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