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BetKing customers and agents to watch AFCON live

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With the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) a few days away, BetKing has announced that it is giving four people the chance to watch the tournament in Cameroon. The sports and digital entertainment company disclosed this to journalists in Lagos during the unveiling of its ‘AFKON Promotion’ scheduled to run from 9 January to 6 February 2022.

BetKing online and offline customers also stand a chance to win 43-inch Hisense Smart TV sets, several PlayStation 5 consoles, free betting credit, smartphones, and the grand prize of a JAC S2 SUV for three lucky customers. The ‘AFKON Promotion’ is open to new and existing BetKing customers and is only available on Sportsbook. Virtual games and simulated reality are not included.

To participate in the ‘BetKing AFKON Promotion,’ BetKing customers are required to place a bet of a minimum of N500 on an accumulator with at least 5 selections, at 1.20 odds per selection. The bet must include one Africa Cup of Nations 2021 event among other terms and conditions which are listed on the BetKing website.

Gossy Ukanwoke, Managing Director, KingMakers, explained that “when you place a bet with little and get more, that’s the AFKON feeling, and that’s BetKing.” He also noted that the campaign incorporates the BetKing brand while paying homage to the football tournament, African football stars, and BetKing customers.

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“We have replaced the ‘C’ in AFCON with a ‘K’ in our campaign. This is a deliberate move to celebrate the tournament which is undoubtedly the ‘King of all tournaments in African football’ that showcases the biggest stars from around the continent who are the ‘Kings of African football,’ and we are rewarding the biggest supporters of the sport, our customers, who are ‘Kings,’” he added.

Oludare Kafar, Head of BTL Marketing, said that BetKing agents were not left out as the best-performing agents will also be rewarded with an all-expense-paid trip to AFCON so there was no better time to be a BetKing agent than now.

He added that the first ticket winner will be selected at a viewing centre on 11 January during the Nigeria versus Egypt match slated to kick-off at 5 pm local time. Subsequently, additional prize draws in agents’ shops and online will be held weekly. At the end of the tournament, there will be a draw to select the winners of the JAC S2 SUVs. The company advised its customers and football fans to check the BetKing Instagram page for details of activation venues and look out for the roadshows.

While showing the grand prize to journalists at Elizade Auto Land, the official retailer and distributor of JAC Motors in Nigeria, former Super Eagles Captain and BetKing brand ambassador, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, stated that as a football junkie and with the mouth-watering prizes, there was no better time to be a punter.

Okocha added that BetKing has made it easier for new and existing customers by creating two special shows in partnership with Pulse Sports by engaging professionals and tipsters that will guide players with facts and how to place their bets. BetKing customers can learn more about these shows by following pulse.ng on Facebook and Instagram.

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AFCON: Hakimi scores another free-kick stunner to send Morocco into quarter-finals

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A sensational free-kick from Achraf Hakimi lifted Morocco to a 2-1 win over Malawi and into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango gave his nation a shock lead in the first half with arguably the goal of the tournament from 35-yards out, but a thumping header from Youssef El Nesyri and Hakimi’s set-piece booked Morocco’s place in the last eight.

Vahid Halilhodzic’s side, considered one of the favourites to win the tournament, will play Ivory Coast or Egypt in the next round.

Morocco began the game firmly on the front foot and were piling numbers forward from the first whistle, but Mhango stunned the Atlas Lions with a goal of the year contender in the seventh minute.

The 29-year-old Orlando Pirates striker picked the ball up near the halfway line before he fired a vicious curling strike beyond the helpless Yassine Bounou in goal for his third goal of the tournament.

Mhango came close to scoring again in the 22nd minute as he broke behind the Morocco defence, but he dragged his low strike just wide.

After Watford midfielder Imran Louza hit the bar 10 minutes later, Malawi goalkeeper Charles Thomu was extremely busy. He made great diving saves to deny Hakimi and Sofiane Boufal from close range.

But on the stroke of half-time Morocco got a deserved equaliser through En Nesyri, powerfully heading in a fine Selim Amallah cross at the far post.

Morocco continued to push for a winner in the second half and they got it in stunning fashion in the 70th minute as Hakimi curled his sublime free-kick into the top corner.

 

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EPL: Watford appoint Roy Hodgson as manager

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Watford have named Roy Hodgson as their new manager following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian was shown the door just 112 days into his two-year contract following Friday night’s horror 3-0 loss at home to relegation rivals Norwich.

An official club statement said: “Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club’s manager.

“The ex-England national team boss is joined by his trusted assistant Ray Lewington, who managed the Hornets so admirably from 2002 until 2005.

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“Best known for leading the Three Lions during a four-year spell which took in Euro 2012, World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016, Hodgson has also managed extensively at club level in England and across the world.”

It went on to add: “Hodgson and Lewington begin preparations immediately for Watford’s next Premier League fixture; away to Burnley on Saturday February 5.

“Welcome to Watford, Roy. And welcome back, Ray!”

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Referees are ‘spoiling’ AFCON and have turned it into ‘red card’ party – Fans

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Africa Cup of Nations has been labelled an ‘absolute joke’ because referees are ‘spoiling’ the tournament with red cards.

Fans angrily took to social media after Cape Verde’s last-16 defeat to Senegal was overshadowed by the fact they were reduced to nine men.

Midfielder Patrick Andrade was sent off midway through the first half before goalkeeper Vozinha was also sent off following a collision with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.

‘AFCON is an absolute joke,’ one fan wrote on Twitter. ‘Referees are spoiling the tournament man.’

Another disgruntled follower of the tournament wrote: ‘These referees at AFCON 2021 have given me more than enough reason to discontinue watching the tournament. Officiating at its lowest.’

The dismissal of Vozinha was the 13th so far in this instalment of the tournament, as many as in the previous four AFCONs combined.

Many of the red cards have been awarded after the fact following the use of the video assistant referee (VAR).

‘AFCON referees should be reminded that they don’t have to issue a red card every time they visit the VAR monitor,’ another angry fan tweeted.

Another added: ‘These referees at AFCON believe visiting a monitor is red card offense, they don’t challenge the VAR decision, pathetic #AFCON2021.’

The decision to send off Vozinha proved highly contentious in Tuesday night’s Senegal-Cape Verde knockout tie, which Senegal won 2-0.

All five of the last-16 matches has seen a red card, with the group stage also littered with reds

Vozinha and Mane collided in what appeared to be a 50-50 clash of heads but in a blink of an eye the Blue Sharks found themselves down to nine men.

‘#AFCON2021 refereeing is ridiculous,’ another tweet read. ‘The underdogs are always crippled by the decision of the referees. #SENCPV no red card for the keeper.’

The two dismissals in the Senegal-Cape Verde game mean there has now been at least one sending off in all five of the knockout matches played so far.

Across those five games, seven red cards have been shown.

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