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Liberian President George Weah announced as Ambassador for Pan-African Inter-School Championship

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President Weah is the only African to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award

A joint CAF and FIFA delegation travelled to Liberia to hold meetings today with the Liberian Football Association and government officials in Monrovia. Partnerships with the public and private sectors, increased opportunities for youth through football and the appointment of Liberian President George Weah as the first Ambassador of the Pan-African Inter-School Championship were among the topics discussed.

Upon arrival last night at Monrovia Roberts Airport, the delegation were greeted by Liberia Football Association (LFA) President Mustapha Raji, members of the LFA Executive Committee (EXCO) and Minister of Youth and Sports, the Honorable D. Zeogar Wilson. In Monrovia city, Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee welcomed the delegations to the capital and presented the FIFA President with a key to the city in a gesture of friendship.

This morning, the delegation attended a meeting with the LFA EXCO, listening to the challenges it is facing with football infrastructure. CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe underlined to members present that Liberia had huge potential, which could be harnessed by providing more opportunities for youth through football. He also stressed that working together for the good of African football is the best way to ensure progress for the game and the continent. FIFA President Gianni Infantino reinforced this message, referencing the iconic George Weah – now President of Liberia – as a great example of the positive impact football can have on a country.

An official meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports followed. CAF President Dr Motsepe said: “We hear your concerns and would like to assure you of CAF’s commitment to work with Liberian football and government authorities to improve football infrastructure here.”

The delegation, together with the Minister of Youth and Sports, then visited the Samuel K Doe Football Complex, which has been fitted with a new turf pitch through funding from the FIFA Forward (https://fifa.fans/2R1hqAN) programme. Speaking at the complex, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “FIFA believes that every country should have access to the best quality pitches and football facilities, and we will work with CAF to bring about more improvements to Liberia.”

An audience with Liberian President, His Excellency George Weah, followed. Strengthening African and Liberian football was central to discussions, with Gianni Infantino stating: “We are happy to be in a country so passionate about football. We are here to give you CAF and FIFA’s full support to take football into a new era and we will work with you to do this.”

Talks also covered the power of football on economies. “Football and economic development go hand in hand, so let’s try through football to invest in job creation,” said CAF President Dr Motsepe. “It’s also our duty to make sure stadia meet the required standards, and CAF will work with the Liberian authorities to do so.”

The conclusion of the meeting saw the CAF and FIFA Presidents present President Weah – the only African to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award – with a certificate announcing him as the first Ambassador of the Pan-African Inter-School Football Championship.

Gianni Infantino said: “President Weah is an icon of football and now a respected statesman. FIFA and CAF are delighted to have his support. His stellar football career is an inspiration to young Africans and we welcome him on board this initiative, supported by the African Union, which will see football competitions at national level in schools throughout Africa. Football offers us a unique opportunity to connect with young people and empower them through this programme.”

The joint delegation then visited the construction site at the headquarters of the LFA to discuss the developments that have taken place in expanding women’s football in the country, before attending a women’s youth football match at Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

Before kick-off, LFA President Mustapha Raji thanked both the CAF and FIFA Presidents for visiting his country and for believing in the power of football to give hope, education and joy to children in Liberia. This was followed by addresses from the Minister of Education and Youth and Sports respectively.

CAF President Dr Motsepe’s took to the stage for a short address, concluding: “We must be proud of and thankful to the LFA President for his excellent work. Football has a bright future here. The girl who is going to be the African winner of The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award (https://fifa.fans/3nZyxze) could be here today!”

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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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