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Training Begins for PUNCHERS Ahead of Novelty Match



PUNCHERS begin training for novelty match

In preparation for the upcoming novelty match at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos to commemorate the 50th anniversary of NewsNow Newspapers on February 24, NewsNowERS have issued a warning to their opponents, the Media Selected team. This team is comprised of journalists from other newspaper establishments in the country.

The highly anticipated novelty match signifies the beginning of a series of momentous activities for the 50th anniversary celebration of Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper.

NewsNowERS will be under the guidance of former Super Eagles midfielder and 1992 AFCON bronze medalist Friday Expo, as they prepare to face selected journalists from Tribune, Nation, Vanguard, ThisDay, Leadership, and The Guardian newspapers.

Victor Agali, former Super Eagles forward and bronze medalist at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, will coach the Media Selected team.

NewsNowERS have intensified their training with a squad of around 50 players from different departments gathering in preparation for their training sessions. These sessions will commence on Wednesday at the football pitch of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Magboro, Ogun State.

Ademola Oni, the General Manager, Digital, and Publication at NewsNow, is confident that NewsNowERS will demonstrate the company’s market dominance against their selected opponents.

“We are determined to make a statement that we are the topmost and foremost newspaper organization in sub-Saharan Africa over 50 years,” said Oni.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, PUNCH, the publisher of the nation’s leading newspaper titles, NewsNow, NewsNow, NewsNow, PUNCH Online, and PUNCH Sports Extra, have moved the celebrations to this year due to it coinciding with an election month and year.

The 50th anniversary will also mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of the founding Chairman, the late Chief James Olubunmi Aboderin, who died on February 28, 1984, at the age of 50.

Following the novelty match, PUNCH will organize a three-day photo exhibition at the Alliance Francaise de Lagos/Mike Adenuga Centre, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, commencing on Wednesday, February 28, to showcase the best photographs from its extensive pictorial archive of the nation’s biggest news events.

The anniversary’s highlight is a distinguished public lecture scheduled for Thursday, February 29 at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos, expected to host leaders from the public and private sectors.

The weeklong activities will continue on Saturday, March 2, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, where PUNCH will host a black-tie dinner to acknowledge the contributions of its stakeholders to the organization’s successes.