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first_imgOn the evening Arsenal FC may not have done too well against table topping Chelsea FC but in Lagos the tables turned as the creme de la creme  were introduced to what Chairman,  MTN Nigeria,  Paschal Dozie called  ‘a relationship that has come to stay’.It was the formal launch of the partnership between one of the greatest club sides in world football,  Arsenal FC and MTN Nigeria,  the nation’s largest Telecom’s service provider last Saturday.It was not an event for usual suspects but there was Austin Jay Jay Okocha,  Chelsea Great, Celestine Babayaro and who else but arguably Africa’s most decorated footballer alongside Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o,  Nwankwo Kanu.  He was there with his younger sibling, Ogbonna, and what an evening it turned to be.From Corporate Nigeria,  Chief Executive officer of the Nigeria Stock Exchange,  Oscar Onyeama led a pack that included MD  Metropolitan Motors,  Olutoyin Okeowo,  Beat FM boss,  Chris Ubosi,  Lagos socialite,  Gabby Yadua not to mention MTN  directors,  Tunde Folawiyo and Gbenga Oyebode.Both sides presented heavyweights at the occasion held at the highbrow IMAX cinema in Lekki Phase 1.MTN  had Chief Operating Officer,  Muhammad Ziaullah Siddiqui in attendance alongside GM,  Marketing,  Richard Iweanoge,  while the Gunners team was led by its Chief of Head Partner Services.,  Gordon Tannock.Tannock was to set the ball rolling by assuring Nigerians that the deal is a win-win situation for coaches,  subscribers and the generality of Nigerians.Coaching clinics, that may even bring legendary Arsenal boss,  Arsene  Wenger  to Nigeria,  exclusive assess to players of Arsenal for subscribers,  trips to watch top  EPL games are already in the pipeline.Tannock reiterated Arsenal desire to partner with MTN and indeed Nigerian football for greater heights.MTN Nigeria Chairman, Paschal  Dozie,  said the deal was totally aimed at Nigerian football and it’s huge fan base with Arsenal.  “We shall ensure that this partnership benefits not only our subscribers but most importantly footballers as Arsenal has already set in place necessary mechanism to churn out talents from the Nigerian football system”. The deal he said will replace stars of the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Alex Iwobi, Chuba Akpom in the Gunners. “You can see what the little lad Chinedu Nwakali is already doing with Arsenal, that’s part of the benefits that Nigerians will see soon with this partnership.Iweanoge on his part said the mere fact that top Arsenal officials were in the country to concretise the deal is a sign of the best things that are coming in the way of Nigerian football.Kanu in his usual jovial self, said he wished he was on the pitch once again to embarrass Chelsea, as he did in the heroic 3-2 comeback win against their London rivals to which Babayaro, who also featured in the said game countered that all that was in the past.Subscribers were advised to visit MTN site to avail themselves of the huge benefits that the deal has for them both locally and internationally.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 A lot of that has to do with Williams and Harrell – who have posted more 20-plus point games this season than any other reserves in the league, with 14 and 12 apiece, respectively.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Williams’ 18.1 points-per-game average is the highest among players clocking 25 minutes or less since 1980-81 – when San Diego Clipper Freeman Williams Jr. averaged 19.3 points in 24.1 minutes per game.Williams and Harrell conceivably could be productive starters.But they’d rather not, thank you.Williams has made instant offense in relief his calling card and twice has been recognized as the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year because of it. PLAYA VISTA — The banner ad at Clippers.com nudges fans to consider voting for four Clippers for this year’s All-Star Game: Tobias Harris, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell – the latter two of whom are reserves.Ordinarily, it might seem as though potential All-Stars ought to be in their teams’ starting lineups.But promoting Williams and Harrell makes sense for the 21-15 Clippers, whose bench prowess has a ton to do with the team’s success so far.The Clippers’ reserves are the highest-scoring unit in the league, accounting for 52.4 points per game, ahead of second-ranked Brooklyn, whose bench averages 46.3. They also rank in the top 10 in assists (11 per), field-goal percentage (48.7 percent), 3-point percentage (36.5 percent), rebounding (19.4), blocked shots (2.6) and steals (3.1). Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Harrell, too, is quite comfortable infusing energy into a game that’s already going.“I know I’m going to come into the game in one of those moments that the game is already flowing,” Harrell said. “That’s something I’m actually cool with, because I get to see how the game is going and how it’s called.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said he feels a bit like a baseball manager with the ability to call on reinforcements from the bullpen.“Oh, it’s great. A lot of teams don’t do that,” Rivers said. “We’re fortunate that our guys do. It’s funny, there’s several guys that just don’t want to start. ‘No, I want to be on the bench.’ That’s refreshing. Usually, you have one guy like that, but when we have four or five guys like, ‘Keep our unit alone,’ you know you’re onto something and that’s good.”PIVOT TO VIDEOThe Clippers on Monday tried something new, releasing a short documentary about their starting small forward entitled, “Tobias Harris is Flourishing.”The seven-minute video, which was posted on YouTube, follows Harris through a recent day, including riding shotgun as he navigated L.A. in his white Mercedes. It also depicted a dry erase board at his home with his workout schedule and a clear motivational note: “All-Star mentality! See it, think it & believe it.”The feature, which also introduces viewers to Harris’ journey to the NBA while splicing in on-court highlights and soundbites from a number of notable NBA figures, was produced entirely in-house by the Clippers’ content team over the past month. It’s expected to be the first in a series of feature pieces chronicling the team’s players.Harris, who was among the first players at work on the court before Monday’s practice in Playa Vista and unavailable for comment, tweeted a link to the video afterward: “All Glory to God!!” he wrote. “Blessed to play this game I love and use the platform to motivate and inspire.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Related Articleslast_img read more

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