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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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GoldenRace updates its satellite channels for Africa

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GoldenRace, leading virtual sports and betting technologies provider, is updating the content of its three satellite channels, to bring African players new virtual sports and number games. All the updated content belongs to the latest version of the company’s retail solution (VBOX).

GoldenRace’s satellite solution for Africa allows betting shops operators to expand their offer throughout the most distant and inaccessible territories, which usually have a low internet connection.

The company has two satellites, covering different geographical areas of the continent to bring the best service wherever the operators’ businesses are placed.

The release of this update on GoldenRace’s betting software is happening today and will offer via satellite new and engaging contents through the company’s satellite channels.

MULTIGAME OPTION & SATELLITE CHANNELS

GoldenRace’s satellite solution includes the option of a multiscreen, allowing players to see and bet on different virtual sports and number games at the same time; football leagues, Keno and Spin2Win, dog races and Rainbow Colours 49… This option is also very economic and simple for operators, and it includes a mobile cashier.

CHANNEL 1

Channel 1’s updated content will let African players enjoy their favourite league and the most betted one worldwide: the English Premier League.

GoldenRace has developed the most played virtual football in the industry, generating more than 20 million bets on a daily basis. A proprietary motion-capture technology, high-quality FXs, real camera angles, voice-over from professional commentarists, realistic odds, and a familiar layout make our virtual football the best in terms of quality and realism. Plus, more than 40 markets for up to 20 football leagues and tournaments.

CHANNEL 2

Thanks to GoldenRace’s multiscreen option players will be able to bet, at the same time, on Greyhound races, Keno, and Spin2Win. Greyhound races are GoldenRace’s origin, and an all-time-favourite in the gambling industry. Pre-recorded races with 6 dogs and all the players’ preferred markets.

Spin2Win is a very classic roulette-based game and one of the African players’ favourites.

Channel 2’s updated offer is completed with another classic: Keno, a lottery-based game where 20 balls out of 80 are drawn by the lottery drum.

CHANNEL 3

Based on the teams that won the qualifiers, with realistic odds, and all the features that make GoldenRace has recently released the Euro Cup 2020.

GoldenRace’s third satellite channel also offers Spin2Win, as it is the second most played virtual game in Africa, only before football, and the most played number game.

Finally, Rainbow Colours 49, which is GoldenRace’s latest number game release; a vivid and engaging game based on randomly drawing 6 balls from a pool of 49. It offers several markets and a possible win up to x500,000!

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AretoNet makes Kenya debut with ChezaCash

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Real-time business intelligence and CRM platform and service provider selected by online sportsbook operator to boost marketing activity

AretoNet, the real-time business intelligence and CRM platform and service provider, has entered the Kenyan market for the first time after being selected by popular online sportsbook, ChezaCash, to boost the operator’s marketing activity.

The partnership will see ChezaCash leverage AretoNet’s full suite of cutting-edge products, which include artificial intelligence, acquisition tracking, instant campaigns and its proprietary Alternative Messaging Channel, to launch multi-channel, multi-level marketing campaigns.

AretoNet also allows operators to fully analyse their player database and run automated campaigns with full lifecycle analytics. Through the use of real-time data, operators can make accurate decisions, execute campaigns and analyse effectiveness while also reducing the operational burden.

Over the past two years, AretoNet has focused on providing operators in Europe, Africa, the US and South America with powerful and affordable solutions to analyse and segment their player data as well as the tools to make those insights immediately actionable all via a single platform.

ChezaCash is one of the most popular online sportsbooks aimed at players in Kenya, offering a wide range of products including but not limited to sportsbook, virtual sports, jackpots and casino offerings slated for launch within the next few months.

Justin Farrugia, Co-founder of AretoNet, said: “We are thrilled to have launched with our first operator partner in Kenya. ChezaCash has taken our full suite of products and, what’s more, we were able to complete the integration into their platform in just three weeks.

Garret Akinyi, Director of ChezaCash, said “ChezaCash is already benefitting from the incredible insights that AretoNet platform and tools provide, and allows us as an operator, better identify trends in marketing activity and to make real-time changes in order to ensure the highest levels of engagement and the best ROI.”

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The Lionesses of Cameroon win the return Test Match against Burkina Faso

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After their first victory, the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon won, this June 12, 2021, at the Stadium Aout 4 in Ouagadougou, the return test match against the Ladies Stallions of Burkina Faso by the score of 35 to 3. This return test match was highly anticipated by the two teams who each had high hopes to excel.

Like the first test match, the Women’s Stallions did not get any tries. The only penalty that gave them the 3 points came in the 44th minute. Although they demonstrated a stronger resistance than during the first test match, Burkina Faso finally lost to Cameroon by the final score of 35 to 3. This score is roughly equal to that of the first test match where Cameroon had won by 37 to 0. There was no lack of faults in this match. Each of the two teams received yellow cards. These were handed to Cameroonian No.11 Mimosette Mouto, and Burkina Faso’s No.3 Bonkoungou Janine and No.18 Adjaratou Yanogo.

Burkina Faso’s captain, Yvette Sawadogo, admitted that with her teammates, they played differently in this second match. The difference, she said, was in controlling their fear of the physically imposing Cameroonian team. It should be noted that there was also a greater mobilization of Burkinabè supporters in the stands, and this was undoubtedly in favour of Burkina Faso. Fans wearing black uniforms helped to overheat the stadium with their galvanizing cries. Cameroonian coach Jacques NGomsu Tchon Lahui said his team faced difficulties because “they were different opponents from the first encounter”. For Cameroon vice-captain Priso Rosine Maxime Ndingo, her team did not fully follow the coach’s instructions.

Later today at 4 pm GMT, the highly anticipated match will pit the men’s teams of Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Immediately after the end of the women’s test match, the Cameroonian men’s team put on their training boots for a practice game. The final result will show which of the two countries will snatch its ticket for the Rugby Africa Cup next July in Tunisia.

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