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AFCON Qualifiers: CAF Orders Third-, Fourth-Round Matches To Be Played Without Fans

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that all matches of Days 3 and 4 of the AFCON qualifiers ‘Cameroon 2021′, scheduled from 11 to 17 November, will be played behind closed doors, despite an overall downward trend in the spread of the coronavirus in Africa.

CAF took this decision at the end of a video conference with National Security and Safety Officers (NSSOs) of its member federations on Thursday.

The NSSOs were trained and informed on “the new safety and security protocol imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic”, towards the resumption of the AFCON 2021 playoffs, suspended since November 2019 because of the coronavirus.

According to Dr Christian Emeruwa, head of the Department of Safety and Security at CAF, the objective of this measure “is to ensure uniformity of safety and security operations throughout Africa”.

Faced with the enormous task of keeping spectators and fans away from stadiums, a CAF press release said that the need was felt to “guide all national security and safety officers”, as well as those of CAF, “on best practices”.

For the African football governing body, “the protection of players and officials before, during and after matches is of great importance.’

Hence the need to ensure “effective coordination between safety and security officers and all other health workers who will be involved in the organisation of each match,” said the statement issued Thursday.

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Egyptian Eksab Raises $500,000 in Funding

With the investment, Eksab plans to scale its product to the millions of football fans in the region with the goal of launching its first paid competitions over the next year.

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Egyptian start-up Eksab, a daily fantasy sports platform, has raised US$500,000 in funding to help it reach more football fans across the Middle East and Africa.

Eksab is looking to tap into the MEA region’s love for football by providing users with exciting and engaging mobile games.

Users download the app, make predictions about live football games from around the world, collect points based on the accuracy of their predictions, and get rewarded with prizes.

The startup, which raised a round of seed funding from 500 Startups in June 2019, has announced an investment of US$500,000 from 4DX Ventures as well as other strategic investors within the international sports and entertainment ecosystem. 

Read also: Autochek Secures $3.4 Million Pre-Seed Funding

With the investment, Eksab plans to scale its product to the millions of football fans in the region with the goal of launching its first paid competitions over the next year. 

“Daily Fantasy Sports and monetised competitions are a multi-billion dollar a year industry in the US,” said Eksab co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aly Mahmoud. “Our goal is to become the premier sports entertainment company in the MEA region by offering exciting fantasy sports competitions as well as highly engaging local sports content.” 

Peter Orth, partner at 4DX, said he saw the region as one of the most exciting and underserved markets for a sports entertainment platform. 

Orth further said “We’ve been really impressed with Aly’s vision for a next-generation and technology-driven platform that is also highly tailored to local fans and their preferences. We’re excited to be on this journey with Aly and the rest of the Eksab team.”

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