Old foes!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has outlined his respect for Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford.
“We’re up against Manchester United, one of the most important clubs in the world, regardless of their current situation,” explained Guardiola. “Especially if you look back over the last 10 or 15 years under Sir Alex.

David Moyes is looking forward to taking charge of arguably the biggest game of his managerial career so far as Manchester United prepare to face Bayern Munich.
“It’s been a very good competition for us so far in my short time here,” Moyes told a press conference on Monday. “I came into it very inexperienced in the Champions League but we’ve done well and now we’ve got the ultimate test in Bayern Munich.

Moyes thinks the pressure is equally balanced because they want to win the game as much as Bayern do. Moyes assures united fans that the red devils are as good a side as any on their day. Excerpts from the press conference at Old Trafford would suggest Pep Guardiola is in agreement and has called on the Bavarians to show their class. Red’s captain Lahm has answered with confidence ahead of tonight’s game: We don’t just want to score an away goal, we want to win.

History between old foes…

Nou Camp 26 May 1999: Arguably United’s greatest ever triumph.

The Bavarians have won three times against United, with four matches drawn. Three meetings came in the epochal 1998/99 campaign, with the sides playing out 2-2 and 1-1 draws. Of course, Bayern thought they’d got the better of United in Barcelona until the timely interventions of Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the German’s have since not forgotten.

Two seasons later Bayern got revenge of sorts, knocking United out in 2000/01’s quarter-finals, then the following season the clubs again traded group stage draws (1-1 and 0-0). The most recent meetings also came in the last eight, in 2010. In the first leg Wayne Rooney gave United a first-minute lead, but goals from Franck Ribery and Ivica Olic handed Bayern a home win.

At Old Trafford, the rampant Reds threatened to ‘do a Roma’, scoring three inside 41 minutes. But Olic grabbed a goal back before the break and when Rafael was dismissed on 50 minutes it turned the tide. In the ensuing onslaught, Arjen Robben’s goal after 74 minutes put Bayern through on away goals and halted what might have turned into a third consecutive European final appearance.

So Bayern will seek a hat-trick of quarter-final victories in April’s double header, but as United proved before, even with the odds against them triumph is within reach.


Fools day with the reds

Man United press conference at Old Trafford
Man United press conference at Old Trafford

Most united fans have more or less given up on their chances against Bayern, and with good reason. The confidence in the words of Moyes and Giggs seems like a cruel practical joke. Bayern have been outstanding over two seasons. Having already wrapped up the Bundesliga, the defending champions have already knocked out Arsenal, in the previous round aiming to oust yet another Premier league team.

Suspensions and injuries

Suspended – Evra (Man. United)
Suspended – Dante (Bayern)
Injured Knee – Van Persie (Man. United)
Injured Foot – Contento (Bayern)
Injured Knee – Thiago Alcántara (Bayern)
Doubtful Calf – J. Evans (Man. United)
Doubtful Thigh – Rafael (Man. United)
Doubtful Hamstring – Smalling (Man. United)
Doubtful Knee – Valencia (Man. United)

Be Sociable

What’s your call on tonight’s game? Be objective, ludicrous, and passionate with your views it is why we love football. One thing’s for sure, in a few hours #ManchesterUnited and #Bayern will be the talk of the entire social space. Don’t get left out of the conversation #ManuBayern


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L-R: Dr. Sophia Horsefall, Corporate Relations Manager, SPDC; Osepiribo Ben-Willie, Executive Director of Heritage Bank and Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe held in Port Harcourt.


Heritage Bank is agent for actualisation of SDG 5-Gender Equality, women empowerment – Kilali Tribe

05/12/2022:  Heritage Bank has been commended for being an agent for the actualisation of Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment for socio-economic growth.

This was stated by Kilali Tribe at the Women Must Conference 2.0, titled “The Woman and Her Must” organised by The Kilali Tribe which held in Port Harcourt.

The Kilali Tribe is an association of prolific Rivers and Bayelsa State women who come together to support themselves through peer learning, capacity-building initiatives, networking, and mentoring. Also, provide similar structured support to other women within the community.

Speaking at the event, Ivy Davies-Etokakpan, President of Eveafrique News who also member of Kilali Tribe, commended Heritage Bank for taking the lead in championing the empowerment of women over the years in the country.

“We are proud of Heritage Bank for making us soar while promoting women empowerment. Over the years, Heritage Bank has proved to be an agent for the actualisation of achieving SDG 5 – Gender Equality, as well women empowerment,” she said.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Osepiribo Ben-Willie affirmed the need to deliberately adopt measures to deepen women empowerment to drive the nation’s socio-economic growth.

In her closing remarks, Osepiribo Ben-Willie hinted that the Conference had leveraged Kilali Tribe to come up with blueprint in promoting women’s equal right to socio-economic empowerment, as this is at the heart of the SDG5-Gender Equality.

The Executive Director of Heritage Bank affirmed that women all over have proved to be huge economic asset in the act of creation of a new sustainable economy, hence gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment must be taken as a priority.

According to her, after evaluating the bottlenecks restraining the Kilali Tribe and other women to attain the platforms to grow professionally and thrive in all spheres of t heeconomy, it is a call to action to “tackle the challenges of gender disparity and lack of inclusiveness that have continued to impede the expected rapid economic empowerment that could help unshackle our women’s entrepreneurial prowess and foster more representation for women and girls at decision-making forums and Board levels in comparison to their peers in the developed countries.”

Ben-Willie added that for women to emerge economically and socially as independent there was an urgent need to tackle psychological, social and skill constraints.

Collaborating Ben-Willie’s, the Co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, advocated for women and girl inclusiveness across all sectors of the society, including economic participation and decision-making.

According to him, the country should be conscious of gender equality, whilst emphasising that dealing with the psychological constraint will enable women to be balanced emotionally.

He stressed the need for organisation to leverage women positions on Board level, as they are resourceful and could enormously impact to the growth of any society.

Cole also charged women in being deliberate to position and champion course that would put them at the forefront of making difference. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications