RelatedPosts H1: GTBank declares 30k interim dividend GTBank named Africa’s Most Admired Finance Brand Breaking: 49 COVID-19 patients discharged in Lagos From February 4 to 16, 2020, Lagos will play host to some of the most prestigious teams for Africa’s premier polo competition, the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament. Sponsored by leading African Financial Institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the competition will feature 39 teams, the highest number till date. The teams will compete in four major cups: Silver Cup, Open Cup, Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup. The finals of the Silver Cup and Open Cup will hold on February 9, 2020, while the finals of the Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup hold on February 16, 2020. This year, the Lagos International Polo Tournament, themed: “Lagos Develops Polo,” aims to encourage the participation of young and indigenous talented players, while featuring top class action from some of the most experienced and acclaimed polo players in and out of the country, including South Africa’s Chris Mackenzie +7, Argentina’s Andres Crespo +5, Raul Laplacette +7 and Santiago de Estrada +6, as well as Nigeria’s Neku Atawodi-Edun +5, the first black female polo player and the highest-handicapped female player at the tournament. Over the years, GTBank has been at the forefront of supporting Polo, widely revered as the Sport of Kings, and promoting the Lagos International Polo Tournament, which has hosted reputable personalities such as His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Played on the grounds of the Lagos Polo Club, Ikoyi, the premier polo club in the country, the tournament has featured polo greats like Alphonso Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres and Alan Kent. Commenting on GTBank’s sponsorship of the 2020 Lagos International Polo Tournament, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, said: “We love the game of polo, not only because it is one of the most anticipated events in the social calendar of the country, but also because its values such as discipline, rigour and fair play strongly resonates with our brand. “Our sponsorship of the 2020 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament also reflects our strong belief in the role of sports as a major vehicle of social development and our commitment to championing activities and events that bring people together.” Guaranty Trust Bank is a leading advocate of Sports Education as a major way of promoting the values of excellence and fair play whilst laying a solid foundation for the emergence of sporting talent. The Bank maintains a defined Corporate Social Responsibility strategy focused on championing causes and fostering initiatives that transform lives and uplift communities. Alongside the GTBank Lagos International Polo Tournament, the Bank organises and sponsors several other sports competitions, one of which is the GTBank Masters Cup, a football competition amongst secondary schools in Lagos State.Tags: Alan KentAlphonso PieresGonzalo PieresGTBank Masters CupGuaranty Trust Bank PlcLagos International Polo TournamentLagos Polo ClubNPA Lagos International Polo TournamentPrince of WalesSegun Agbaje
Memphis Depay has set himself the ultimate ambition – to become the best player in the world during his time at Manchester United. Press Association The 21-year-old penned a deal to move from PSV Eindhoven to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens in July and the Holland ace has lofty ambitions of what he wants to achieve in the Premier League. Depay, who has scored 25 goals this season, has a tattoo emblazoned on his chest that reads “dream chaser” and he is setting out to achieve even more in his early career. “His performance on the training ground is different from other trainers. After the World Cup he told me to stay hungry and I told myself to stay hungry. When I made the decision to stay I wanted to be champion and top scorer. I set those goals and I hope to achieve them. “It will be great to have an opportunity to train with him and work with him. Of course I am looking forward. “I want to improve myself but Dutch players have played also in the Premier League and I spoke with many of them. I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League – I showed my ability in the World Cup. “I am very excited. I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true. But is not the end of the dream, it is just starting.” The dream now is more long-term, to dethrone the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard as the best player in the world. And, with an affinity with former United favourite Ronaldo, Depay has already drawn comparisons to the Real Madrid forward from fellow Dutch international Leroy Fer. Whilst Depay regards Ronaldo as a hero, he also knows he needs to emulate the Portuguese if he is to get close to the dream he is chasing. “I heard Leroy Fer speak about it and it is great to hear that from other players,” he added. “If you read it in the media it is great, but I am 21 and I have not reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is a big hero for me and one day I hope to reach that level. He scores so many goals and I want to fight to be one of the best players in the world.” Depay is the first summer signing for United as they look to build on the squad which has all but sealed a return to Champions League football. Meanwhile, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is likely to shed some light on Van Gaal’s spending plans tomorrow. United will announce their third quarterly results at noon and Woodward will then take part in a conference call with investors when the subject of summer spending is likely to be raised. “‘Dream chaser’ stands for me chasing my dreams,” he said. “I believe I can be one of the best players in the world and I have to dream and believe to achieve. It is tattooed on my chest. “You just have to work every day on your dreams. My dreams started with going to the World Cup and then when I was there I scored two goals – becoming the youngest ever Dutch goalscorer – and I was very happy. “But when the World Cup was finished I realised that was not it. I had to take more on to the pitch – there was more to do. “So after the World Cup in pre-season I spoke to my manager and said I have to keep focused. Scoring in the World Cup was good but not the end of it. Now I am on fire.” Depay opted to remain in the Eredivisie last summer despite plenty of interest following those World Cup goals against Australia and Chile. He revealed his former Holland coach and future United boss Louis van Gaal told him to keep improving on his game before he made a move for the forward – fending off reported interest from Paris St Germain and Liverpool. “He is different,” Depay said of Van Gaal.
StumbleUpon Earlier this month, Dave Hammond left his role as B2B Divisions Director at Paddy Power Betfair to take up the reign as COO of SBTech, charged with driving growth through 2019 and beyond.Following the appointment we spoke to Hammond regarding the transition, personal and company-wide ambitions, the future of online sports betting and much more.____________________SBC: Why was this the time right to move to SBTech as Chief Operating Officer? Dave Hammond: Having had the opportunity to view SBTech from the outside and see their successes across Europe and the US markets, the chance to join this company was not one I could really pass on. I was fortunate to know and previously work with some of the SBTech management team, so I already knew the quality of the people in place. Once I met key team members across its many offices and saw the platform capabilities and product suite, there was only one option in the industry for me to consider and subsequently become part of the success.SBC: What are your immediate ambitions and plans for 2019 with SBTech?DH: Firstly, it’s key to understand SBTech has already had huge success with its innovative platform and agile culture. My main goal is to make sure we continue to scale and increase the trajectory of delivery and success for our partners. We are a truly global business, with a coverage of products many other businesses should be envious of. How we maximise our team’s innovation and development to entertain end users will be crucial for our continued success, and a major focus for me from the get-go.“We must maintain our market leading B2B supplier status by increasing product, technology, market and client reach”SBC: With such a wealth of experience, what can you bring to the company to take it to the next step and beyond?DH: SBTech is unique in the sector in terms of its growth, client base, employees and revenue. We want and expect this to further increase in velocity and volume. A focus for me is to ensure we are built to maximise this success with internal processes and technology needing to scale, and our performance and stability cannot be compromised. I have been through growth curves and the pain points are known. SBTech will benefit from my experience in these areas.SBC: How different will the transition from Paddy Power to SBTech be for you?DH: The business structure and operating models are completely different, but overall the industry and people are very similar. SBTech is market leading in scaling operations and country entry. This flexibility is something I have always had an affinity towards, but what I get enthusiastic about is our capabilities. The fact SBTech is privately owned and we move quickly on solid data points is part of our fabric. This differentiates us from every provider / operator in the industry, and the ability to see returns from tactical decisions within the overarching strategy is very refreshing.SBC: What are the main challenges SBTech currently faces and how will you address these?DH: I believe everything can be improved in any business, but SBTech is strong across the board. We have invested heavily in quality and quantity in every area from people, technology, infrastructure through to marketing, support and, of course, product. How these areas all interact and share their collective knowledge and analytical learnings will help drive the future waves of success for SBTech. This is a real focal point for me personally. Allowing people to be successful and drive their units based around common beliefs and proven best practices is a simple, but crucial way, of ensuring ongoing market leading offerings.“France is one of Europe’s most mature regulated markets and will be another key territory”SBC: In five years, where do you want SBTech to be?DH: The answer is simple; we must maintain our market leading B2B supplier status by increasing product, technology, market and client reach. In short, we must innovate and deliver. It’s still very early for the US marketplace and constant regulation movement across EMEA all provides huge opportunities. In five years I expect SBTech to increase its dominance in our current markets, and to serve new products to a wider portfolio of clients in numerous newly regulated and regulating territories.SBC: SBTech is preparing to enter the French market in Q1 2019. How important is this for SBTech and where else will SBTech be venturing in 2019?DH: France is one of Europe’s most mature regulated markets and will be another key territory for our existing customers as well as winning new deals. The SBTech culture is one of winning and driving expansion. Our constant ability to launch partners into new markets has been at the core of the business for more than 10 years, and this will continue and expand further. The PASPA repeal of 2018 and US betting opportunity is on every supplier and operator’s strategy paper. SBTech are already there and have partners live and in development across multiple states and will continue to deliver product and innovation into the newly formed and exciting market. That said, we have a very large and demanding pipeline of European partners, with France, Sweden and Portugal to name just a few, all holding established and well documented opportunities. SBTech’s key skill is moving at pace with a quality regionalised product, we will continue to this in all markets which can offer revenue increase for our partners and of course SBTech.“It would be naïve to think that by the end of 2023 current products and player behaviours would not have changed in a quantum measure”SBC: Do you think online sports betting will change over the next few years? Do you think sports betting needs to change? If so, why and how will you adapt?DH: It would be naïve to think that by the end of 2023 current products and player behaviours would not have changed in a quantum measure from where we the offering is today. The betting industry and especially SBTech’s multi territory operations, has such a volume of data which will allow us to expand data scientist teams creating AI and ML projects which will transform the way we create and morph our offerings.Consumer technology and available data points within sports will continuously develop. This means the richness of product offering will have to expand to keep our customers engaged in betting while enjoying the sports experience. This is a key focus for SBTech to continue to lead in this area and drive the market depth and customer interaction of our offering. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Submit