Kwesé Signs Mikel as Brand Ambassador

first_img “In choosing the right personality to partner our brands, we wanted someone who embodies what we stand for as an African broadcaster.“Mikel represents exceptional sporting talent and is loved by fans across the continent. His commitment to excellence and his work to improve the sporting talent of the next generation of athletes made him the perfect choice for us,” expressed Joseph Hundah, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media.One of only two African players to have won Europe’s top two continental club competitions when he was part of Chelsea’s Europa League-winning team in 2013, Mikel enjoyed over a decade of service for the Blues – a midfielder making 374 appearances for the team. His accolades include being a two-time recipient of the African Young Player of the Year award (2005, 2006) as well as the Chelsea Young Player of the Year award (2007, 2008).There is no denying Mikel’s impressive sporting career, however his most rewarding role is that of founder of the Mikel Obi Africa Children’s Sports Foundation.  The foundation seeks to alleviate poverty by empowering young Africans through sports. This includes nurturing sporting talent in the areas of football, rugby, tennis, cycling, basketball, cricket, hockey and athletics. Foundation beneficiaries have access to a range of specialist coaches and teachers providing them with a unique opportunity to hone their skills.  Extending beyond athletic support, the foundation also assists children with an interest in sports sciences, nutrition, physiotherapy and the like to realise their dreams and forge a better future for themselves and their families.As part of the partnership with Mikel, Kwesé will join the impressive list of international bodies and associations investing in growing the network of Mikel Obi Africa Children’s Sports Foundation academies across Africa.Commenting on his association with Kwesé, Mikel said, “It’s a pleasure and honour to be asked and today become the official ambassador of Kwesé TV, a subsidiary of Econet Media. I am proud to become a member of the Econet Media family and the face of Kwesé TV globally.“I am excited to work with a media network that is redefining broadcasting in Africa, bringing pay as you watch TV, Free to air TV and digital programming.As in my football career, it was important to me to represent an organisation that puts fans and/customers first, power, pride, strength and most importantly, a consistent winner”.Kwesé viewers can look forward to seeing one of their favourite African footballer on Kwesé’s screens in due course, starting with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia campaign.Having first launched its service in 2016, Kwesé is the continent’s fastest growing media business with a diversified offering that includes Africa’s largest free-to-air channel, Kwesé Free Sports, a pay TV satellite network, Kwesé TV, mobile services and digital all under one roof. With a strong presence across sub-Saharan Africa through its various platforms, Kwesé is arguably Africa’s most exciting and innovative broadcaster.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Econet Media’s pan-African broadcast network, Kwesé has signed John Mikel Obi as the first official brand ambassador for the brand.The former UEFA Champions League, Premier League and now Chinese Super League player, will represent the dynamic broadcaster’s services and initiatives across the continent starting with the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Considered one of Nigeria’s most accomplished players, Mikel will feature in Kwesé’s upcoming advertising campaigns which will encompass print, television and radio.last_img read more

Normalisation C’tee condemns horrific violence at Golden City Park

first_img Source: Ghana FA The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalisation Committee (NC) strongly condemns the shocking acts of violence witnessed at the Berekum Golden City Park on Sunday 28th April during the NC Special Competition clash between Berekum Chelsea and Asante KotokoWe have learnt with horror that following a confrontation between opposing supporters and officials, gunshots were fired as well as brutal acts of violence and hooliganism.While expressing our commiserations to the injured officials and supporters, the N.C would like to state in no uncertain terms that it is totally against the carrying, wielding or use of weapons at any venue before, during or after football matches.Again, the NC emphatically condemns any provocation, abuse, threats or intimidation; be it verbal or physical towards players, team/ match officials and media and takes such attacks very seriously.The NC would like to assure the general public that we will liaise with the police in their criminal investigations to reach conclusive findings and ensure appropriate sanctions are meted out to the perpetrator(s).This latest incident should not be taken lightly and the NC urges the Police and other relevant stakeholders to join forces in order to clamp down heavily on offenders to serve as a deterrent against future incidents.Additionally, the Normalization Committee in accordance with GFA statutes will refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.last_img read more

Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres rookie phenom (hamstring) to start rehab

first_img MLB trade rumors: Phillies deal for Jay Bruce ‘is complete’ The Padres surprised many be including him on their Opening Day roster, opting not to throttle his MLB service time, and Tatis justified that decision immediately, slashing .300/.360/.550 in his first 100 at-bats and .333/.385/.500 as the leadoff hitter.The combined line of the other five Padres who have batted leadoff: .222/.287/.379. Related News Rookie phenom Fernando Tatis Jr., out since April 28 with a left hamstring injury, will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Amarillo. If all goes well, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, the star shortstop could be back atop the Padres’ lineup by the end of the week.Rated MLB Pipeline’s No. 2 prospect, Tatis, 20, led the Padres in almost every offensive category when he was sidelined. Joey Gallo injury update: Rangers outfielder (oblique) placed on 10-day ILcenter_img Tatis was excellent defensively and on the basepaths, too, the Union-Tribune noted, showcasing the five tools that make him the Padres’ clear shortstop of the future. In Tatis’ absence, key offseason acquisition Manny Machado moved from third to short seamlessly.Still, the Padres have not only missed Tatis’ presence atop their lineup, but also have searched for answers at third while getting little production from the leadoff spot. Tatis has been at extended spring training in Arizona in recent weeks, slowly working his way into game action. Manager Andy Green has offered no timeline on Tatis’ rehab stint (per “How quickly he returns will be dictated by how he performs and how he feels,” Green said over the weekend.The Padres could use the young star as soon as possible. They are 2-5 over their last seven games and just lost two of three at home to the NL-worst Marlins to fall to 30-29 and into third place in the NL West, 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers.last_img read more

Benfica fans stone players after bad result; two players hospitalized after attack!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaAdvertisement 3aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsauw1tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3jl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4Would you ever consider trying this?😱advkCan your students do this? 🌚kfd3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The football fans of Portugal were finally treated with the return of Liga Nos- the country’s top football division with a mouth watering fixture of the elites SL Benfica going head to head against Tondela. Three months after seeing their club back in action, the Benfica fans were eager to see a stunning match with the club securing a clean three points. Instead, the match ended in 0-0, and some agitated fans pelted stones on the team bus following the game, injuring two players.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaThe incident happened following the match on Thursday, when the team bus had exited the Estadio da Luz. Following FC Porto’s 2-1 defeat against Famailcao earlier, Benfica missed the chance to secure the lead in the table due to the goalless draw.The over enthusiastic fans, who gathered outside the stadium as spectators weren’t allowed inside due to the COVID-19 outbreak, took out their frustration on the team bus while it was on the highway, with pelting stones.Advertisement Two Benfica players, Julian Weigl and Andrija Živković sustained injury after being hit with shrapnel, and were taken to hospital in Lisbon. Bruno Lage, the club gaffer was also injured in the attack.Živković, the 23 year old Serbian winger and a fan favourite, joined Benfica in 2016, while Weigl, the 24 year old German midfielder arrived at Os Encarnados this January.Advertisement Following the incident, the club released an official statement, where they denounced the stone attack on the players, and have confirmed that the perpetrators are being searched with the help of local authorities.“Benfica denounce the criminal stoning the bus of its players was victim to,” the statement read.“We guarantee total collaboration with authorities to whom we appeal for the greatest effort to be made in identifying the offenders responsible for these criminal acts,” the statement added.Both Benfica and Porto now share the league table with 60 points each, however, the former have a higher goal difference of 38, compared to the latter’s 33.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read who just became the first footballer ever to earn $1 billion!Read which Indian legend Aaron Finch picked to open in an India – Aus combined ODI XI Advertisementlast_img read more

JRU repulses St. Benilde, tightens grip on 3rd spot

first_imgMOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Clement Leutcheu paced the skidding St. Benilde (3-12) with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Dino San Juan had 14 markers and three boards in the defeat.The Scores:JRU 90 – Mendoza 19, Teodoro 16, Grospe 14, Abdulrazak 12, Dela Virgen 9, David 8, Sawat 5, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 3, Castor 0, Mariano 0, Mate 0.ST. BENILDE 77 – Leutcheu 25, San Juan 14, Domingo 10, Dixon 9, Belgica 7, Naboa 6, Johnson 3, Suarez 2, Castor 1, Pili 0, Sta. Maria 0, Velasco 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 21-20, 51-35, 67-59, 90-77. Jed Mendoza topscored for the Heavy Bombers with 19 points, powered by his 4-of-6 three-point shooting clip, along with four boards and three dimes.Ervin Grospe had 14 points and six assists, while Abdulwahab Abdulrazak chimed in a double-double of 12 markers and 10 rebounds in the victory.“This win helps us in terms of us now seeing a glimpse of our chance making it to the Final Four,” said coach Vergel Meneses, as JRU tightened its hold on the third spot with a 9-6 card.But the PBA legend refused to step on the brakes ahead of Heavy Bombers’ duel against San Sebastian on Friday.“We’re hoping to still win against San Sebastian to better our chances,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick: ‘I love playing against Perpetual’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees View comments JRU enjoyed an 18-point lead, 53-35, in the third quarter before St. Benilde made a furious rally to slice the lead down to six, 67-61, early in the fourth period.But Teodoro was there to douse the uprising, triggering the 17-7 killer run to push the Heavy Bombers’ lead to 84-68 with 3:42 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMeneses called out his players for once again falling to the trap of complacency after taking that big lead.“They tend to relax when it comes to our defense. That can’t happen in the NCAA because any team can come back from any deficit,” he said. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University shrugged off the late surge from St. Benilde to take the 90-77 victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Tey Teodoro fired nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as he shot 2-of-5 from downtown, on top of two rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more


first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were 02, 04, 09, 15, 20.  Bonus No 07. No jackpot winner.   Sport, €100 winner Angela Blaney, Rosnakill.€50 winner Michael Carr. Tullyconnell.Jackpot next week €1,300. Máire, Sinead & Lisa on duty.Seniors & ReservesLeague Division 2 Round 3Sunday 16th AugustGaeil Fhánada Seniors & Reserves Play away to Naomh Muire at the banks, Annagry this Sunday afternoon,16th August at 1.30p.m. and 3 p.m.  Referee: TBC.Come along and show your support to Michael and the boys.Donegal Intermediate Championship Group 3Saturday 22nd Aug 2015 Gaeil Fhánada v N ColumbaUnder 21B ChampionshipGaeil Fhánada play away to Letterkenny Gaels next Tuesday 18th away.  Best of luck boys.Bord na nÓgGaeil Fhánada U14sPlay at home in Tria Lough this Thursday13th August  v St Eunans.  Come on parents, families and supporters, come out and give your support.€100 winner Angela Blaney, Rosnakill.€50 winner Michael Carr. Tullyconnell.Jackpot next week €1,300.Máire, Sinead & Lisa on duty.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA FACE NAOMH MUIRE IN CRUCIAL LEAGUE CLASH IN THE BANKS was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sportlast_img read more