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Manchester United wasted a chance to move into the Premier League’s top four after striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday.
The result left United in sixth position on 49 points while Bournemouth, who had Andrew Surman sent off on the stroke of halftime for charging at Ibrahimovic, stayed 14th with 27 points.

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo fired the home side ahead in the 23rd minute with his first Premier League goal before Joshua King, a Manchester United academy product, levelled against the run of play with a 40th-minute penalty.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc shone with a string of excellent saves, denying a below-par Ibrahimovic three times before he parried the Swede’s feeble spot-kick after Adam Smith handled Paul Pogba’s acrobatic cut-back.
It really was a game which had everything, a poor piece of defending by Phil Jones saw him pull down Marc Pugh to concede a penalty which Josh King converted from the spot. But that was only the beginning of the madness.
Ibrahimovic’s decision to dramatically throw Tyrone Mings to the ground in back-play and Mings’ pre-meditated stamp on the Swede’s head led to the game’s most dramatic flashpoint.
From a left-wing cross just before half-time Ibra threw an elbow at Mings’ head, with his clenched fist proof of his desire to pack some power in the direction of the Bournemouth defender’s face.
In the melee which ensued, referee Kevin Friend refused to send off Ibrahimovic for a second yellow card and also left Mings to fight another day but instead red-carded Andrew Surman for his push on Ibra, which was his second bookable offence.
Fast-forward to the second half with Ibrahimovic having a penalty saved by Artur Boruc, Bournemouth throwing men in the path of countless United attacks, Anthony Martial almost gifting Harry Arter an injury-time winner, Paul Pogba falling over himself twice when shaping to shoot and Friend seemingly being shell-shocked every time he had a decision to make, and a chaotic, baffling match for the ages was just about complete

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3SC Shock Rangers in 2:2 Draw on Monimichelle Turf in Awka




Shooting Stars of Ibadan last Saturday afternoon stunned the mammoth crowd at the Awka Township Stadium with a dramatic comeback to a 2-2 draw with Rangers Int’l of Enugu in the Match Day 36 encounter.


The two sides played out a goalless draw in the first 45 minutes with Rangers also Flying Antelopes having a number of near goal situations with no much anxious moment in their goal area.


Rangers FC broke the deadlock in the 46th minute through Shedrack Asiegbu, just at the resumption of play in the second half and in the 55th minute later through Chidiebere Nwobodo.


The Ibadan based side popularly known as Oluyole Warriors fought back through Moses Omoduemuke who scored in the 73rd and 88th minutes.


The comeback sent the excited Awka fans into a sudden chill while some of them had to leave the stadium before the final whistle.


The enraged fans including some veteran Rangers int’l said the way the team surrendered a comfortable 2-0 lead within 15 minutes called the technical judgment of Coach Abdul Maikaba to question.


Nwakaibeya Anene said, the Rangers spirit was already building up in Awka but the draws from their last two games especially when they were winning was a bad to pay fans for their loyalty.


“First half was good, we defended very well even when we lost chances to score but the game changed after we scored, our defense collapsed, that was why we conceded the goals.


“We even told the coach to play one of our best defenders but he sent him back, the draw was unnecessary, our players were uninspiring,” he said.


Reacting to their performance in the game, Isiaka Mutiu said it was a product of determination and belief in God.


“It is God, I must be honest with you because we can’t explain; all we know is that we put in every effort we could.


“Our general manager told us to believe in ourselves, that everything is possible and thank God we got that all important point.


Agoye Olumide, coach of Shooting Stars said the draw was a product from their game in Ibadan last week when Abia Warriors who came back from 0-2 to draw level.


He said the Awka stadium pitch also brought out the best in his players as it made for free flowing football.The Stadium was built by popular facility Manager,Monimichelle led by Ebi Moni-luv Egbe.

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COVID-19: Stanbic IBTC Outlines Strategies for Companies to Stay Afloat



As businesses across the globe continue to adapt to the new normal as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, a member of Standard Bank Group, has identified strategic decisions that companies need to make in order to keep their businesses afloat.

The leading full-service financial services organization advised companies and business owners to take advantage of opportunities such as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s COVID-19 Intervention Fund while also exploring digital transformation options. Other solutions proferred include engagement of legal counsels to review key issues as well as the development of customer-focused strategies to ensure the preservation of customer loyalty and brand value, amongst others.

Folake Ademiluyi, Head, Power and Infrastructure, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC made this known during the Stanbic IBTC Blue Talks Webinar. She stated that the companies can ensure the sustainability of their business processes by taking proactive measures needed to thrive in these uncertain times.
Ademiluyi further stated that companies to go back to the drawing board and come up with fresh ideas to sustain their businesses to avoid being adversely affected by the pandemic.
“Business owners must tap into the various stimulus packages that the CBN has provided to resuscitate their businesses” she said.
Similarly, Nnenna Okoro, Head, Consumer Sector, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, implored companies to leverage on digitalization to serve customers better. She noted that despite the impact of coronavirus on the nation, Stanbic IBTC has been using digital channels to serve its customers better.

She said: “Stanbic IBTC has been engaging clients constantly using digital channels. We understand the benefits of leveraging Information Technology to engage and serve customers, especially in a time such as this. Therefore, we implore companies to take advantage of digitalization to reach their customers

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