Connect with us

Sports

Senegalese football star, Edouard Mendy holidays with kids, supports educational video game

Published

on

Senegalese goal keeper, Edouard Mendy has hosted a lucky bunch of 50 schoolchildren from Drancy, in the northern Parisian suburbs, under a project called PowerZ.

The project vows to educate the young generation via a free online video game.

The Senegal international, who was born in France, explained that the idea behind the project is to offer entertainment with learning value to the kids. He is also financially invested in the development of the project.

“I think we’re in a generation where kids are very connected, but often they’re poorly connected because there are a lot of cartoons, games that don’t necessarily teach them anything, so this video game is a very good mix between entertainment and learning and it enriches our kids and it’s something that we have to harness.”, explains Edouard Mendy.

“I am very involved in this project: for me, children are the future, education is the foundation, we can link the two.”, Mendy added.

PowerZ was designed by a team of 50 people including video game and pedagogy specialists. Its founder and CEO is Emmanuel Freund who praises the player’s values. “I met Edouard and I realized several things: first of all we have exactly the same values, this desire to see education accessible to all, to allow everyone to educate themselves, rise in society, all of this was very important for him. And then the second thing which we see here at this event but that I saw already from the start, when we talk to the children, is the fact that he is a model.”

Its designers have raised “10 million euros for the development of the game internationally”. A motivation shared by the Senegalese goalkeeper who says he wishes to see PowerZ on a “world-scale”

Mendy is of the Senegal team that won its the West African country’s first African Cup of Nations in February.

Sports

Five African players who played for Bayern Munich; before Sadio Mane

Published

on

The next football season will see Senegal international captain, Sadio Mane, filing out for perennial German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, after completing a £35 million move from Liverpool.

Mane signed a three-year deal with Bayern that will see him remain at the Bundesliga champions until 2025, after six successful years at Liverpool which he joined from Southampton.

According to world football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, the deal will see Bayern pay €32m (£34m) guaranteed fee for Sadio Mané with the contract already signed and valid until June 2025.”

“Liverpool will also receive add-ons, for a maximum of potential €40m total fee package,” Romano wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Mane’s move to Bayern may be the biggest transfer involving an African player in this transfer market but he is certainly not the first ‘authentic’ African star to play for the Munich giants as there have been Africans who wore the Bayern shirt in the past and won trophies for the Bavarians who are unarguably the biggest and most successful club in Germany.

The Bavarians have been a dominant force in the German football landscape, winning leagues and cups consistently over the years and intermittently, and there have been some talented African players who contributed in some ways to the success of the team.

Africa News Watch takes a look at five African footballers who have played and won titles for Bayern Munich.

1. Samuel Kuffour

Former Ghanaian international defender, Samuel Ossei Kuffour stands out as the most successful African star to have played for the Munich giants.

In his time with the Bavarians, Kuffour was a very accomplished defender and played for over 11 years between 1994-2005, featuring 277 times with 10 goals to his name across all competitions.

Fondly called Sammy by fans, the Ghanaian export will never be forgotten for his tears and display of disappointment and agony when Munich famously lost the 1999 UEFA Champions League final in the dying minutes against Manchester United.

His sorrow, however, would turn to joy a couple of years later when he led the Bayern defense to win the 2001 UEFA Champions League trophy and ended his illustrious career with six Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokal trophies to his name.

2. Pablo Thiam

Many football fans did not know that Pablo Thiam, a mercurial defensive midfielder who played for two seasons between 2001 and 2003, was actually an African who played for Guinea.

Though Thiam did not have a really spectacular time at Munich inky managing 16 league appearances, he was part of the victorious Bayern squad that won the 2001 UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.

3. Mehdi Benatia

Mehdi Benetia was a highly gifted Moroccan centre-back who was a stalwart in the Bayern defense during his time at the club from 2014 to 2016.

Benatia was a key player during his time at the club and made a total of 46 appearances, scoring three goals from his defensive position during his two-year spell with Munich, winning two Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal cup.

4. Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting

Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting, is a Cameroonian international striker currently on the books of the Bundesliga defending champions.

Eric joined the Bavarians in the summer of 2020 and has so far featured 45 times across all competitions, scoring 17 goals in this period.

He has so far won a Bundesliga title (2020-21) and FIFA Club World Cup trophy (2020) and the 2022 Bundesliga title.

5. Bouna Sarr

Another African player who has played for the Alianz Arena outfit is Senegalese international, Bouna Sarr, who joined Bayern Munich in 2020 on a four-deal from French side, Olympique Marseille.

However, the 30-year-old Sarr has had to play a bit-part role with the Bavarian side.

The right-back has so far made 25 total appearances across the two seasons he has spent at the club with a goal to his name and was part of the squad that won the 2020-21 Bundesliga title and 2020 FIFA Club World Cup.

Continue Reading

Sports

Ghana’s Benjamin Azamati, dubbed ‘new Usain Bolt’ wins Gold in Diamond League

Published

on

African athletes proved their worth in the Diamon Lafe races over the weekend as Benjamin Azamati finished in pole position in only his second Diamond League Meet in the 100-metre race.

Like Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan who broke the African record in the 100m women’s hurdle after clocking 12.41 seconds during the Paris Diamond League race on Saturday.

Azamati in his only his second-ever appearance at the Diamond League Meet after finishing in the fourth position in Oslo also put Africa on the podium as he clocked clocked a time of 10.25s in the 100 metres race to finish ahead of French duo Fall Mouhamadou and Vicaut Jimmy.

Another, Africa star, compatriot Sean Safo-Antwi placed 6th with a time of 10.45 seconds.

Continue Reading

EDITOR’S PICK

Politics6 hours ago

What next as Nigeria’s Supreme Court knocks out President Buhari’s suit challenging electoral act?

Nigeria’s highest court, the Supreme Court on Friday knocked out a suit filed by President Muhammad Buhari and his attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, to...

Culture6 hours ago

Senegal: Thousands explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month...

Politics6 hours ago

Ex-Tunisian PM Jebali arrested on allegations of money laundering

Former Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who is also senior member of the opposition Ennahdha Party, was on Friday, arrested...

Metro7 hours ago

South Sudan activists fight child marriage where girls are sold for cows

A group of South Sudanese activists have come together to fight against an obnoxious practice where young girls are auctioned...

Politics7 hours ago

Final report on corruption probe on ex-South Africa President Jacob Zuma released

The final report on a corruption probe of the nine year rule of former South Africa President Jacob Zuma has...

VenturesNow7 hours ago

World Bank predicts Mozambique economy growing at 5.7% on average

The World Bank has predicted that the economic growth in Mozambique is expected to accelerate in the medium term averaging...

Musings From Abroad8 hours ago

US Supreme Court abolishes abortion right after almost 50-year precedence

The US Supreme Court on Friday reversed a nearly half century old constitutional right to abortion. Justice Samuel Alito who wrote for the Majority argued that the 1973 Roe...

Politics9 hours ago

CHOGM: Commonwealth members should decide their structures of government – Prince Charles

As the 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) continues in Rwanda, heir to the British throne,...

Politics10 hours ago

Congo DR politician, Vital Kamerhe freed of corruption charges after prolonged trial

The former Chief of Staff to Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Vital Kamerhe, has been freed from corruption charges after...

Politics1 day ago

Tunisia’s new constitution fails to identify Islam as state religion, President Saied says

The new Tunisian Constitution which was commissioned by President Kais Saied to replace the 2014 Constitution does not list Islam...

Trending