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ICE Africa to bring together Africa’s iGaming industry for the second year



ICE Africa to bring together Africa's iGaming industry for the second year

For the second consecutive year, one of the most important iGaming events in the world is coming to Africa. Between the 2nd and 3rd of October, South Africa’s Johannesburg will be home to ICE Africa—the first extension of ICE London outside the British capital.

The exhibition will bring in one place visitors and industry leaders from all over the world and will foster the growth and investment in Africa’s iGaming scene. The event will consist of two parts—an exhibition of the latest breakthroughs in iGaming, and a conference where more than 60 experts will host talks.

John Kamara, Director of Global Gaming Africa, has been the event’s brand ambassador since its initiation. This year’s edition will take place under the motto “Shining a light on Africa’s gaming ecosystem.”

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More than 50 iGaming companies are expected to showcase their products during the exhibition part of the event.

The conference will feature talks on critical topics such as regulation, online presence, integrated resorts, branding, marketing, product development, and eSports, as announced by the organisers.

The event will also feature (paid) slot machine and sports betting masterclasses organised by Totally Gaming Academy, where participants will learn best business practices from the industry. The conference will also host Pitch ICE Africa—a pitching event for start-ups; The Executive Network (TeN)—a networking event exclusive to ten selected industry experts; and the International Legislators’ Agenda—an event for regulators and legislators.

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The first edition of ICE Africa happened last year, at the Sandton Convention Centre in South Africa’s largest city.

“Following the hugely positive coming together of all sectors of the industry at the inaugural ICE Africa last year, we saw over 1500 visitors flock from across Africa and the world to join invaluable conversations about the development of this market,” says on the event’s website.

South Africa is emerging as an important link in the African iGaming market. Aside from ICE Africa, the country also hosts other important industry expos such as Sports Betting East Africa, while Cape Town was chosen by sports betting company Betway as home base for its Africa-oriented presence.

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This year the ICE conference and exhibition also landed in North America; just months after the first edition in Africa. The happening took place 13-15 May in Boston and next year will be visiting Austin between 8-10 June.

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The event followed the traditional ICE format with a conference, exhibition, and networking parts. An interesting fact is that ICE North America happened a year after the US Constitutional court repealed a federal act that prohibited states from legalising sports betting.

ICE Africa is an extension of ICE London, which is one of the most significant events of its kind. The next edition will take place on 4-6 February at the ExCeL London convention centre.

From online sports betting and bingo to mobile gaming and online payments, every aspect of the iGaming business is covered during ICE London’s exhibition and conference events.

At the 2018 edition, over 100 speakers gave talks that totaled over 64 hours, while more than 33,000 people from 150 countries visited the event. Among the topics covered by the conference, dubbed ICE VOX, were cybersecurity, world regulations, and AI.

ICE VOX happened in four formats—Hive, Counsel, Boardroom, and Elevator, each of which provided different opportunities to network, share ideas, and learn about the newest breakthroughs in the industry.

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Like ICE Africa, the London edition features an exhibition, seminars, and a pitching session.

Overall, the ICE conferences are growing to be an essential part of the international iGaming industry. The London edition has been a popular happening for quite some time now, but with the expansion across continents, the brand is demonstrating its determination to provide platforms for thought leaders and experts in an industry that’s experiencing global growth.

On its website, ICE Africa quotes John Kamara saying that the event “can help develop a deeper understanding of the contribution the industry can make in relation to the social, economic development of many national economies in Africa.”

Just days ago, South Africa’s National Gambling Board held a conference aimed at establishing better communication between regulators and gambling operators. One of the key takeaways of the event was the growing place of technology in iGaming, along with the expected continuous growth of the gambling industry.

Source: Ojo Olayiwola


Wafu Cup: We want to make Ghanaians happy by scoring Senegal in the final – Maxwell Konadu



Wafu Cup: We want to make Ghanaians happy by scoring Senegal in the final – Maxwell Konadu

The Black Stars boss looks ahead to the tournament’s climax against the hosts.

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu has set his sights on beating Senegal in the final of the Wafu Cup of Nations to re-affirm their status as the West African powerhouse on Sunday.

The most successful team in the history of the tournament with two titles, the home-based Black Stars are set for a showdown with the hosts at Stade Lat-Dior in Thies.

Ghana’s run to the final has come as a surprise to many considering the side’s pre-tournament preparation challenges and a 1-0 home loss to Burkina Faso in a 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier two weeks to kick-off.

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“We have to thank the Ghanaian public for giving us their support,” Konadu said in a Facebook video.

“We started this campaign two weeks ago and in our run-up to the competition, we lost to Burkina Faso which wasn’t the best for our image but we did our best to rally the boys back, to motivate them and lift their spirit high.

“I think the loss [to Burkina Faso], although painful, told us a lot, that we needed to come here and fight it out.

“Yes we have made history but that is behind us now. We just want to go for the cup and make sure we make Ghanaians happy. We have to stay focused.

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“That is what we want to do. Yes, if we win it, we will make history.”

Ghana are defending champions of the tournament, the last triumph coming under Konadu when they hosted the competition two years ago.

The Black Stars had beaten Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 in the semi-final to make Sunday’s final.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying



Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying

The Juventus forward has now scored 93 international goals, 16 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world record.

He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised.

Ronaldo’s 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus and he scored two more from Bernardo Silva passes, before William Carvalho’s injury-time fifth.

The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine.

It was an eighth international hat-trick for 34-year-old Ronaldo, who also scored four against Andorra in 2016.

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Serbia moved up into third place in the group with a 3-1 win at Luxembourg, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice.


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Kenya cannot stand in our way – Black Queens Coach



Kenya cannot stand in our way - Black Queens Coach

Madam Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo Head Coach of the female national football team, the Black Queens has said Kenya, will not be a stumbling block to their quest of qualifying to the next round of matches for the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Madam Tagoe made this known in an interview in Accra after the Queens did a double over their Gabonese counterparts 5-0 in aggregate over the two legs played.

According to her, though she is building a formidable team for the future, their aim of qualifying to the next Olympic Games still remained a priority and Kenya would not stand in their way.

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“Kenya would not be a difficult game for us, we have played them in their backyard before and it ended in a draw.

“I believe with the crop of players I have put together coupled with a little more of camping time and the right blend, we would gel and Ghanaians would see good results.

“We have a target of qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Games and we are determined to take each game at a time, so Kenya wound not stand in our way, they are women like us and we would see to them,” she said.

The coach said the team was well determined and focused and there is nothing like pressure to distract them.

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A goal each from Queens captain Portia Boakye and Juliet Acheampong in the 16th and 75th minute helped Ghana to beat Gabon by 2:0 in Accra, after beating them 3:0 in the first leg in Libreville to book a date with Kenya in the next qualifying match.


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