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Fidelity, UBA in mind games

Published by Guardian on Tue, 28 Aug 2012

A MIND game has been set off by Fidelity Bank and United Bank for Africa players ahead of the start of the football event of the 2012 Nigeria Bankers Games, with Kayode Agbalaja and Emeka Udegbulem setting the tone for the off-field battle.Fidelity Bank's Agbalaja fired the first salvo in the mind game ahead of the opening match on Sunday when he declared that the bank was out to add football to the chest of medals it would be presenting to its management this year.Fidelity Bank finished runner-up in the football event last year, losing to Skye Bank but emerging tops on the overall medals standing. However, UBA's Udegbulem has warned other teams to forget the football event, pointing at the bank's record as the most successful in the football event of the Games.UBA has won the football event on four past tournaments and, Uduegbulem said: 'We are definitely having our trophy back from Skye Bank this time.'Agbalaja, a Corporate Hall of Fame nominee and most valuable player of the 2011 edition, boasted that the team has fine-tuned strategies to stop all others beginning from its opening day encounter against Sterling Bank at the University of Lagos Sports Complex.'We expect to go one step higher than we did last year by winning the trophy for football this time and this is a promise we have made to our Managing Director, Reginald Ihejiahi,' he said. 'It will make us the overall best team in all events in the Bankers Game.
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