Ali, Akif Win 2020 African Freestyle Football Competition

first_imgThe month-long virtual dramatic freestyle football battle, which witnessed several displays is the third African Freestyle Football Championship was promoted by Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, the largest promoter of freestyle football in Africa.The games which were hosted online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, began on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 with 152 entries from 21 countries.Valentine Ozigbo, the Chairman of Feet ‘N’ Tricks International who presented prizes to winners expressed pride at the rapid growth of freestyle football on the continent since the inception of the tournament in 2017.“When we started this project a few years ago, it was all about passion for an art-form that deserved to be given a front seat in the world of sports,” the respected business leader said.“Today, we have just held the third successful continental championships, that is in addition to four Nigerian tournaments.”“Thanks to all our sponsors. MTN, who is our headline sponsor this year, my foundation, Valentine Chineto Ozigbo Foundation, and Eko Disco. Also thanks to our broadcast partners, PlusTV Africa and HipTV. Thanks to all our other media partners who supported this competition” Mr Ozigbo said.Other winners in the competition include, Yousef Ayman Riesco (Egypt) and Lubna Omar (Sudan) each of them received $750, while Ayoub Haouas (Tunisia) and Evelyn Okafor (Nigeria) who both placed 3rd got $500 each. The 4th placed winners, Samir Saidi (Algeria) and Yasmine Rais (Morocco), took home $250 each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram David-Chyddy ElekeThe freestyle football championship tagged: Freestyle Unlocked Africa 2020 came to an end last Sunday, with Egyptian Mohannad Hosam and Fatimaezzahra ‘Fatima’ Akif from Morocco winning the finals of the 3rd African Freestyle Football Championship.Hosam and Akif both smiled home with $1,000 each as winners of the male and female categories of the competition respectively.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer falls to No. 1 Stanford at home

first_imgRedshirt senior striker Alex Anthony gets by a Stanford defender. USC lost 3-1 on Sunday in its penultimate regular-season game. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe fifth-ranked women’s soccer team hosted No. 1 Stanford on Sunday at McAlister Field, falling 3-1 after beating the Cardinal 3-0 in the same fixture last season.The match was set to be a thriller on USC’s Senior Night, with two undefeated Pac-12 teams battling late into the season. Stanford entered the game with a 9-0-0 conference record compared to the Trojans’ 8-0-1 mark.But Stanford quieted the crowd in the 15th minute, drawing first blood. Cardinal midfielder Jaye Boissiere landed a cross from the top corner of the 18-yard box onto the head of Kiki Pickett. Just outside the 18-yard box, Pickett redirected the ball toward the bottom-right corner of the Trojan goal — just out of the reach of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins — to grant the Cardinal an early 1-0 lead.USC quickly responded just two minutes later. With her back to the net, redshirt junior midfielder Sydney Myers received a pass from sophomore defender Julia Bigham. Myers found the equalizer with a quick turn inside the penalty box and a low shot rifled through traffic to the near post. The goal marked Myers’ second of the season — her first came a month ago in a 4-0 win over Oregon State.In the 26th minute, going toe-to-toe with freshman forward Tara McKeown, Cardinal junior midfielder Michelle Xiao beat McKeown on the outside and delivered an arcing ball just underneath the Trojans’ crossbar to once again take the lead. The remainder of the first half was scoreless thanks to a fantastic flying save from Collins on a header from freshman forward Civanna Kuhlmann. With some words of wisdom from head coach Keidane McAlpine, USC was able to regroup and come out flying in the second half. McAlpine said the main focus of his team talk was being aggressive.“We wanted to apply more pressure to their backline, and that was probably the biggest change in the second half,” McAlpine said. “It created enough chances. We just didn’t take them.”The aggressive mentality and playstyle produced several scoring opportunities for the Women of Troy — none of which were converted into goals. But the Trojan backline played lockdown defense throughout the second half and were able to keep their team in the game. Collins faced 18 shots in the match — her highest tally this season — and saved seven. But after making comebacks a habit throughout this fall, the Women of Troy did not respond on Sunday, and Stanford netted its second unanswered goal.Despite the strong defensive performance, the Cardinal sealed the game in the 63rd minute with its third goal on the day, when Catarina Macario sent a bending free kick into the top-right corner beyond a sprawling Collins. Sunday marked the first game since Aug. 19, 2016 — last year’s season-opener against Santa Clara — that USC has conceded 3 goals in one game. The loss to the Cardinal was the Trojans’ first against a Pac-12 team in 2017, and their conference record fell to 8-1-1. The Women of Troy will now prepare for their final game of the regular season on Friday, when they face off against crosstown rival No. 2 UCLA. “We have to play a full 90-minute game,” redshirt junior Sydney Myers said. “We have to match the aggression and give our 100-percent effort the whole game. I think we are going to be just as good as we were last year.”The Trojans fell 1-0 to the Bruins at the StubHub Center last season, and they look to avoid a repeat this Friday in Westwood against a dominant UCLA team.last_img read more

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Golden Race sees gateway to African gaming market

first_img Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin Wachter, Golden RaceAn event that has been described as the “gateway to Africa’s gaming market” was always likely to attract interest from expansion-seeking virtual betting provider Golden Race.CEO Martin Wachter made the trip to the Kampala Serena Hotel in Uganda for the Sports Betting East Africa Summit from 10-11 April, alongside salesman Christoff Sattler, and partner and client for Uganda Shamir Hirani.The event was focused on trends, challenges and opportunities that exist in the growing African market due to variable cultures and the sheer size of the continent.The two-day agenda also saw gaming experts embrace a growing level of transparency within the African sports betting market, examine the impact of the Lotteries and Gaming Act in Uganda, and discuss the rise of mobile as a game changer for the sports betting business in the region.Wachter commented: “The Sports Betting East Africa is an important show for us – I love returning to Africa – we have so many great customers and friends here, and every time we see new retail locations springing up with our range of products. We have a number of products tailor-made for this continent and its unique challenges and infrastructure, and it is very pleasing to see all our hard work pay off for our customers here.”The CEO has also expressed his interest in the African market profile panel at Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May), which will touch on how the industry is dealing with increased digitalisation of the customer and whether African bookmakers can follow SportPesa’s lead to compete with both Asian-based and UK bookmakers for a share of the football marketing real estate.He added: “There are a few market profile sessions at Betting on Football which catch my eye this year – the ones regarding the potential of Spain & LatAm, the exploding African market and football betting, and the Asian market place in the industry – Golden Race have strong growth in all those areas, so are particularly interesting to me.” Related Articles Share Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Submit Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020last_img read more

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