Eagles United and Silver Shattas reach semi’sBy Joe ChapmanREIGNING champions Silver Shattas were held to a nil-all draw by an improved showing from Kwakwani Strikers but still advanced to the semi-finals of the Upper Demerara Football Association’s GT Beer year-end football championship.Meanwhile, Eagles United 2-1 win over Botafago also ensured that they moved into the semi-finals when play continued on Friday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground .Eagles entered the final four play-offs after showing continued good form to come from behind to remain unbeaten.D. Francis was able to send his side into the lead in the 27th minute as Botafago looked set to build from their 4-1 roll over of Hi Stars.However, Eagles after trailing at the end of the first half 1-0, would knot the scores at 1-1 through Kwesi Quintin in the 39th minute.As the game continued with both sides looking for the deciding goal after the second half began, it would be Eagles’ Kellon Primo who struck home the decider in the 76th minute of play.This made it 2-1 and the game would remain the same when the final whistle came, as Eagles United now seek a place in the final.However, Botafago still have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals as they would face Topp XX in a battle among the second best teams from their groups to advance with the three top teams from the three groups.The second game saw champions, Silver Shattas, being held to a 1-1 draw which would allow them to remain unbeaten after their first game win against Topp XX by a 3-1 margin and this nil-all draw.The championship will continue next Wednesday when Blueberry Hill faces Net Rockers in the first game to complete play in Group C.That game will decide who goes through as Blueberry Hill have a win while Net Rockers a drawn game, with Amelia’s Ward Panthers the third team in the group, out after a draw and a loss.
Share Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot March 17, 2020 Gamesys Group has lauded its ability to mitigate COVID-19 complications, implementing ‘more restrictive advertising and bonusing requirements’ across its active European markets domains.Publishing its H1 2020 interim results (period ending 30 June), Gamesys revealed that regulatory headwinds in Sweden had contributed to the decline in revenues, with implications hampering its European operations falling by 4% from £36 million to £34.4 million. The short-term restrictions on advertising and bonus offers in Spain were lifted in early June, which Gamesys stated they are ‘awaiting the introduction of further measures’.Elsewhere in Europe, Gamesys predicted that it will continue to deliver good growth in Germany, while explaining that ‘the Nordics, and particularly Sweden, remain challenging and therefore we are not investing significantly in customer acquisition in this region at the present time’.Demonstrating the growth of online gaming during the coronavirus pandemic, Gamesys recorded a significant jump in gaming revenues for its UK operations, increasing from £78 million in H1 2019 to £197.4 million in 2020. The group’s revenues from its Asian operations also increased to £98.9 million, up from £51.5 million in the corresponding period last year. The increases, according to Gamesys, were largely driven by ‘organic growth of the Group’s online gaming segment’ as well as the results of the Gamesys acquisition of JPJ for £490m in September.Commenting on the results, Lee Fenton, CEO, Gamesys Group, said: “It has been very pleasing to oversee another strong half-year performance, with reported gaming revenues doubling across the Group year-on-year. “Our strong brands, operational control and proprietary technology have allowed us to drive growth in established markets such as the UK, while also delivering strong results in fast-growing markets in Asia and ROW. “At the heart of this has been our commitment to responsible gambling, which was vital during a period in which many of our players were living in lockdown. As a result, we took decisive action during the period to enhance our player protection, both through investing in new capabilities and resources, and also ceasing certain marketing activities. “We believe that this enlarged and highly engaged customer base will be key to driving sustainable growth in the future, positioning us well for the exciting opportunities ahead.”Adjusted EBITDA also increased during the period, rising by 19% from £87.2 million to £103.9 million while net income rose by 68% to £68.1 million.Average active players per month grew to 640,436 in the twelve months to 30 June 2020, an increase of 14% year-on-year.Gamesys also noted that it would undergo a series of leadership changes from the second period of the year with Neil Goulden, executive chair of Gamesys Group, confirming that he will return to the position of non-executive.He said: “The Group has produced a strong first half financial performance despite the clear and striking challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all our employees across the Group during this difficult time, without which we would not have been able to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience for our customers. “Having led the Group through a transformational period – one that has seen us relist on the London Stock Exchange; subsequently obtain a Premium Listing; successfully merge with and rebrand as Gamesys; become a FTSE-250 constituent; and now introduce a progressive dividend policy – I believe the time is right for me to return to the position of non-executive Chair, which will be effective from 1 October 2020. “Following the Gamesys Acquisition in September 2019, we now have an exceptionally strong executive team in place and have successfully integrated the two businesses and delivered strong, sustainable results. The business is in very good hands and I look forward to supporting Lee and his team going forward.”In addition, Simon Wykes will finish his role as Transition Director on 30 September 2020 and step down from the Board. Gamesys praised Wykes’ ‘integral’ role in the team ‘that delivered the Gamesys Acquisition and has shaped the combination of the two businesses since completion’. Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Share Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon
The Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association is disappointed at the increased number of complaints from club owners, players and management on officiating.Chief executive officer of Amidaus Professionals is alleged to have threatened to quit Ghana football due to poor officiating, Abdul Salam Yakubu, president of Edubiase United is also alleged to have complained bitterly of officiating in his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Asante Kotoko last Sunday.Quite recently, two referees are alleged to have been chased and assaulted in some division one matches.Some of these complaints, although not official, have drawn the displeasure of the referees committee of the Ghana F A. Member of the association, retired FIFA referee Alex Kotey tells JOY Sports the allegations can only be ascertained through video clips. “Sometimes when we hear some of these complaints, it worries us. As a committee, we would want to watch clips. We cannot just act on what some of these club officials say because they would not want to accept defeat easily.Asked what happens at venues where there are no television cameras, Alex Kotey said “in the case of the premier league, the GFA sends cameras to all the eight centers. It is only in division one that sometimes there aren’t cameras at certain venues. When that happens, we rely heavily on match commissioners’ report.”