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Youth football and unity take centre stage in Côte d’Ivoire

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Focus on promoting unity, developing and strengthening football governance

FIFA and CAF presidents visited Côte d’Ivoire to begin two-day itinerary; Focus on promoting unity, developing and strengthening football governance; Continent’s inaugural pan-African inter-school football championship also launched.

The presidents of CAF and FIFA travelled to Côte d’Ivoire on Monday as part of their first joint mission in Africa since the election of Dr Patrice Motsepe as the confederation’s new president in March. Central to their two-day itinerary were meetings with government and football officials, with the focus on promoting unity and serenity, developing and strengthening the country’s football governance and launching the continent’s inaugural pan-African inter-school football championship in Abobo, a municipality just outside the country’s capital Abidjan.

Arriving in Abidjan they were greeted by members of the normalisation committee of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), including President Mariam Dao Gabala, who along with her colleagues has been responsible for bringing football back into play in Côte d’Ivoire.

An official dinner was hosted for the delegation by Ivorian Minister for the Promotion of Youth, Professional Integration and Civic Service, Mamadou Touré, in the presence of Minister for National Education and Literacy, Marietou Koné. Addressing the gathering CAF President Dr Motsepe underlined the unifying power of football being more important than differences between diverse groups of people. He was also keen to highlight CAF’s robust support for the West African nation stating: “Côte d’Ivoire has CAF’s total commitment and 2023’s AFCON here will be the best ever.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino bolstered this message further saying: “We need to work together to make football great and make the millions of passionate fans in Côte d’Ivoire, a country that has won the AFCON twice and will soon host it, happy.”

Present at the event to provide their support for the joint CAF/FIFA mission were CAF’s four vice presidents, presidents of the five CAF zonal unions and presidents from CAF Member Associations in West Africa Football Zone Union B.

This morning, the CAF and FIFA delegation’s focus was on viewing the work of the FIF normalisation ccommittee first hand, in order to understand what had been completed and the challenges it has faced. Addressing the assembled media outside the FIF building Dr Motsepe congratulated President Gabala and her team on their outstanding work and strong commitment to bringing peace and unity back to Ivorian football.

This sentiment was echoed by FIFA President Infantino who underlined the progress the FIF had made, particularly with the organisation of an elective congress, which it hopes to hold by the end of the year. “Côte d’Ivoire has the unwavering support of FIFA,” he said.

The joint delegation then travelled to the Ministry of Sports for a meeting with Minister Claude Paulin Danho. Discussions covered the country’s hosting of next year’s AFCON competition, and improving football governance. Speaking to the minister, Infantino expressed FIFA’s commitment and willingness to work hand in hand with the Ivorian authorities to “reinvigorate Ivorian football, especially given the outstanding talent it has produced. The football legends from Côte d’Ivoire have greatly contributed to building football history in Africa and across the world,” he said.

Ivorian Legends were very much pivotal to talks amongst the three men, with the CAF president reminiscing with Minister Danho about Siaka Tiéné, a young Ivorian player who had been one of his favourites due to his talent and passion, when Dr Motsepe ran South African football club Mamelodi Sundowns, prior to his election as CAF president.

The delegation were then received by the President of Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, at the Presidential Palace. During the meeting the joint delegation stressed the outstanding talent in the country and the need to harness this through the development of youth football and CAF’s first ever pan-African inter-school football championship.

Following the discussions with the Ivorian Head of State, Infantino said: “President Ouattara is a great fan of football, so it is an honour to be here today to talk about how we can work together to support the youth of this country through the beautiful game. Côte d’Ivoire is a county with a legacy of talented footballers and many future ones yet to be discovered, so it is important for Africa and the rest of the footballing world that FIFA, CAF and the Ivorian authorities work together to develop the game and elevate it to the highest of heights.”

The final engagement of the day for the CAF/FIFA joint delegation was the launch of the pan-African inter-school football championship in Abobo. Fittingly, a football match featuring mixed teams of schoolchildren kicked off the initiative, with both presidents putting their technical and tactical football skills to the test as team coaches.

Following the match Dr Motsepe announced that the Motsepe Foundation, founded by himself and his wife Precious Moloi-Motsepe, would make a donation of USD $10 million to the ground-breaking new pan-African inter-school football championship, which will take place across the six zonal regions of CAF. After the match, the FIFA President said: “The gesture from the Motsepe Foundation, Patrice and his wife Precious, is exceptional. It’s a step forward for this competition that will give hope and joy to thousands of children in Côte d’Ivoire and throughout Africa who love football. Thank you to the Motsepe family for showing us Ubuntu in action.”

The joint delegation ended their visit to Côte d’Ivoire with a press conference focused on the African league, the development of women’s football, strengthening football governance, this November’s FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar and how to bridge divisions in Ivorian football. Both the CAF and FIFA presidents also outlined the plans to roll out the inaugural pan-African inter-school championship in Côte d’Ivoire to the assembled Ivorian and African media.

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Habanero expands in Africa with Betway Ghana Deal

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Global supplier celebrates landmark agreement with tier one operator

Premium slots and table games provider Habanero has reinforced its position in Africa through its latest deal with leading operator brand, Betway, which is owned by Super Group.

Under the agreement, Habanero’s collection of high-performing titles such as Wild Trucks, Egyptian Dreams and Hot Hot Fruit will be available to Betway’s Ghana players via the Betway Africa brand.

Considered one of the continent’s favourite operators, Betway Africa is Betway’s licensed Africa-facing brand, and is live across multiple regulated African markets including Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.

Billed as a significant milestone for Habanero in its regional expansion, the Ghanaian gaming market is second to only Nigeria in West Africa for gaming revenue and total players numbers – having been live since 2006.

The deal is expected to be a decisive move forward in Habanero’s continued growth across the continent’s regulated landscape.

Having celebrated its MGA certification earlier this year, 2021 has seen the studio continue its tier one expansion, with multiple deals signed with major global operator brands in recent months.

Commenting on the deal, Arcangelo Lonoce, Head of Business Development Europe at Habanero, said: “This deal is a decisive move forward in our penetration of Africa’s regulated landscape, and we see the highly dynamic African market as a truly promising area for Habanero to continue to grow in.”

“Now live in Ghana, we can’t wait to start introducing our games to more and more players there than ever before!”

Kwabena Oppong-Nkrumah, Head of Marketing at Betway Ghana, added: “Betway has always considered Africa as a distinctive market, one where we can grow exponentially. Thanks to the latest deal with Habanero, we can now strengthen our leading position with the studio’s hugely exciting titles.

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SOFTSWISS Sportsbook launches N1Bet.ng

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The SOFTSWISS Sportsbook is excited to announce the launch of N1Bet.ng in partnership with N1 Partners Group this September. The platform will launch under a local license in Nigeria, which SOFTSWISS received earlier in February 2021. 

N1Bet.ng will be the first betting platform launched by SOFTSWISS Sportsbook in Africa. This launch is a natural step in the development of the SOFTSWISS Sportsbook brand, which is ready to offer new customers reliable solutions and an innovative approach based on more than a decade of experience. 

Under the new joint project between N1 Partners Group and SOFTSWISS players  will have access to the platform’s complete sports betting solution package:

  • 10,000+ real-time events
  • 200+ sports
  • 1,200 unique betting markets 

Even though N1Bet.ng is positioned as a betting platform, gambling solutions will also be included in the range of available services. Users will be pleased with the user-friendly and clear interface designed with their wishes in mind, as well as the mobile version, which will allow them to manage their bets from anywhere at any time. Among other things, players will have access to new features, including three types of Freebet, Comboboost, Quickbet, Maxbet and more.

Alexander Kamenetskyi, Product Owner at SOFTSWISS Sportsbook, noted: ‘We have been working on the launch of our first project in the African market for a long time and see this as a unique opportunity to be part of the large and fast-growing iGaming industry in this region. We have a lot to offer and something to interest all betting enthusiasts. The launch of N1Bet.ng will allow SOFTSWISS to provide services to those customers who are interested in a comprehensive approach and focus on the African market or want to expand their presence there. With N1Bet.ng this will now become easier and more accessible. Thank you N1 Partners Group for the fruitful cooperation and trust!’

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international tech brand supplying widely acclaimed, certified software solutions for managing iGaming operations. SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licenses, providing a “one-stop-shop” white label solution by taking care of all technical, legal, and financial processes on behalf of its customers. The company has a vast product portfolio, which includes an Online Casino Platform, Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, and a sportsbook software platform. In 2013 SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimized online casino solution. The company has thus been regarded as the leading technical expert when it comes to the use of cryptocurrencies in online gaming.

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Yggdrasil launches first Franchise partner in Africa via Intelligent Gaming

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Greentube, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division, has partnered with Golden Nugget Online Gaming to make its long-awaited debut in the US. Titles from Greentube's top-performing games portfolio will be made available to GoldenNuggetCasino.com players in New Jersey, including Diamond Cash™: Mighty Elephant, Diamond Cash™: Mighty Sevens and Diamond Cash™: Oasis Riches. The deal is a milestone achievement for Greentube as the supplier looks to use its significant European experience to work with operators in the growing number of regulated states. Partnering with market-leading operator Golden Nugget Online Gaming is an important strategic step for Greentube and makes the supplier well positioned for future opportunities. The supplier is currently in the process of completing additional deals across numerous states as part of its expansion strategy for North America. Michael Bauer, CFO/CGO at Greentube, said: "The US offers unparalleled potential and is a key territory for us going forward as regulation continues to make headway across different states. Finally making our debut in New Jersey is a huge achievement for us and we are thrilled to partner with such a renowned operator as Golden Nugget and to introduce our content to their customers. We see this market entry as a first and very important step into the US market and are preparing ourselves for future launches in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well." Warren Steven, Vice President of Golden Nugget Online Gaming, said: "Greentube is a supplier with a great track-record in Europe, having developed blue-chip titles, as well as innovative new games, that have proven longevity in numerous markets. This partnership will significantly enhance our existing offering with premium content, and we are excited to be the first operator in the US to give our customers access to the Greentube portfolio."
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South African platform provider Intelligent Gaming Limited (IGL) has become Yggdrasil’s latest Franchise partner, marking the supplier’s debut on the African continent.

Following regulatory approval and a successful integration, Yggdrasil’s premium iGaming content is now live with IGL and available to the company’s operator partners in South Africa via the innovative Franchise solution.

The Franchise solution provides IGL access to Yggdrasil’s modern technology stack, a catalogue of around 150 online games, and industry-leading promotional tools. Becoming a Franchise partner will extend IGL’s reputation as a premium online provider of iGaming content in its local African markets. IGL will be able to scale operations seamlessly via Franchise and in turn provide its African partners and players with premium online games from Yggdrasil.

IGL is a leading aggregator of content in the South African gaming market and supplies digital content to a range of operators, all of which will now have access to Yggdrasil’s games.

Through the Franchise solution, IGL will distribute Yggdrasil’s award-winning online casino suite as well as the third-party games from the YG Masters program. The first IGL operator to offer Yggdrasil games is Supabets, a popular sports betting and casino brand with a vast retail and digital business in South Africa and other African countries.

Andrew Pegler, Director of Commercial Operations at Yggdrasil, said: “This is a milestone achievement for Yggdrasil as we penetrate a massive market opportunity. We are very happy to have Intelligent Gaming as a Franchisee.

“This deal provides them with everything that has been created by Yggdrasil in the past eight years and will enhance their growing business operations in Africa. They are an ambitious, experienced, and well-connected supplier and see the huge potential of taking a Franchise in their key markets. This deal demonstrates how Yggdrasil is becoming a leading worldwide publisher of online gaming content.”

Marc Plaxton-Harrison, Co-Founder and CEO at Intelligent Gaming, said: “Intelligent Gaming is extremely proud to be a Franchise partner for Yggdrasil in South Africa and Africa. The games offered by Yggdrasil are of outstanding quality and will have a significant role to play in the market. I am extremely excited about this partnership.”

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