Opera News Winners Receive Renault Kwid’s

Opera News, the most downloaded news app in Africa, is celebrating the end of a fantastic football World Cup 2018 by giving away two out of three brand new cars to its users in Kenya as part of the “Shake & Win” campaign.

The lucky winners, Kennedy Macharia, a twenty-two years old student, and Richard Kamau, a thirty-three year old designer and printer, were presented on Tuesday in Nairobi in a private event at the Renault car dealership in the Simba Corp Aspire Centre.

The news app launched a built in “Shake” feature at the beginning of the 2018 football World Cup to reward its users with gifts and prizes in an easy way. When users open Opera News and click on the dedicated World Cup channel, a shake command pops up on the screen, letting users know that they can shake their phones in hopes of winning an amazing prize.

“We are really excited to see happy winners everyday, and we enjoy celebrating this moment  with them,” said Jørgen Arnesen, Global Head of Marketing and Distribution at Opera. “We enjoy so much football at Opera and we wanted to communicate that passion to our users by rewarding them with amazing gifts in an easy way when using our app.”

Macharia and Kamau received the keys of their band new 2018 Renault Kwid’s and shared their excitement with their families and friends who came and pick up the cars with them.

Macharia, currently studying business management at Karen University, mentioned that this was a dream for him.

“I’m really happy and this is a dream come true,” said Macharia. “I saw a friend of mine using Opera News and shaking his phone, so I wanted to win as well. I used to shake and shake and shake every day.  I’m really enjoying the app. It’s fun, and it keeps me updated with everything that happens in Kenya.”

Kamau, who owns a printing business in Nairobi, mentioned that winning this car gives him a new opportunity to travel around the country with his family.

“I can’t explain the feeling,” said Kamau. “I’m so happy about being the winner of the car. This will be a family car. I have two kids who love the animals, so I’m planning to drive with them and go to Masai Mara on a safari and see the animals.”

Thousands of winners every day

Since the introduction of the Shake feature, Opera News has rewarded more than 100 thousand users in Kenya with amazing prizes.

“On average, more than 500 thousand people in the African continent have shaken their phones since the introduction of the feature,”said Arnesen. “This tells us how engaged people are with app and eager to participate to win the big prizes like the cars we are giving away today.”

Still more chances to win!

Due to the popularity of Shake, Opera News will extend the campaign and will continue giving away prizes to users in Kenya until the 31st of July, 2018.

Watching The World Cup Final With The Pretty Croatia President

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has finally ended but memories have not.
So many things happened over the last few weeks that will dominate our streets in the next few days. 
The pretty Croatia President.

What a way to support your team than Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović did to her team. She travelled to Russia to watch the side play and shed tears when they lost to France.

She was seen unhappy in the stands when France went 1-0 up. Her French counterpart was however celebrating but that was short-lived as he didn’t want her to leave early. 

Then Croatia scored. Wow!

However, France hit front again. 2-1. She went to hug and congratulate Macron for a good goal, a winner maybe?

France scored their third goal and Macron was having a good afternoon. In-front of Putin. They don’t know him.

Then France scored the final and fourth goal. There was no way Croatia were coming back to this. It was Allez Le Bleua. The Pretty Croatia President sat back. Waiting for the game to end and maybe after-party.

And yeah it ended 4-2 to France. It was time for the Pretty President to hug Macron one last time. Deep; to pass a final message. Then head down to the presentation stage. 

Then it started raining. 

You know you are in Russia when three presidents are being rained on but the hosts bring only one Umbrella for Putin. 

Anyway the two hugged an enjoyed each other so I guess Putin was asking them ‘who is laughing now?’ But finally someone told the Russians to sort our MVP.

Modric came for one last hug. He also likes it, maybe in Madrid they don’t get them like Lovren gets in Liverpool from Klopp. 

You enjoyed? We also did. Together as one!

FIFA 18 To Get Free World Cup Mode

EA will be making 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia a free update to FIFA 18, it has announced.

As far as you have a copy of FIFA 18 on Xbox One, PS4, PC or Nintendo Switch you will have the download available on May 29.

The update adds an officially-licensed World Cup mode. So expect teams, stadiums and kits – alongside the official match ball and trophy.

Game modes included in the update are: FIFA World Cup Kick-Off; FIFA World Cup Tournament; and FIFA World Cup Ultimate Team.

Feel the excitement and drama of football’s greatest event with the authentic tournament experience through
official FIFA World Cup™ elements, featuring all 32 qualified national teams, match balls, stadiums, and the iconic trophy – rendered in the Frostbite™ game
engine for the first time.

All 12 official stadiums from Russia are included, featuring immersive atmospheres, national team banners, and high-resolution crowds.

Build your dream international squad with stars from all 32 qualified nations with dynamic player items related
to the real-world tournament, plus legendary FIFA World Cup™ ICONS.

DRAMATIC MOMENTS
Score incredible goals in FIFA 18 as new movement and finishing animations unlock more fluid striking and heading of the ball.
All-new crossing controls bring greater options to how you send it into the box.
Whipped to the spot, arching deliveries, and pinged crosses to the back-stick will shake up your attacks in the final third.

REAL PLAYER MOTION TECHNOLOGY
The biggest step in gameplay in franchise history, FIFA 18 introduces Real Player Motion Technology,
an all-new animation system that unlocks the next level of responsiveness and player personality.
Now Cristiano Ronaldo and other top players feel and move exactly like they do on the real pitch.

TEAM STYLES
From tiki-taka to high press, new Team Styles put the most recognised tactics of the world’s best clubs on the pitch in FIFA 18.
More time and space to read the play through New Player Positioning, while improved tactics give players greater options on
the ball as teammates exploit space and make new attacking runs.

IMMERSIVE ATMOSPHERES
Authentic sun positions, cinematic atmosphere grading, signature pitch-side fixtures, on-pitch debris, club and stadium specific banners,
adaptive commentary, and changes in pitch quality all come together to bring the most immersive football experiences to life in FIFA 18.
Hear authentic chants as you attack, feed off the energy of new, high-def dynamic crowds and interact with your fans while celebrating.

 

Hope for Harambee Stars after FIFA expands World Cup teams to 48

FIFA council unanimously voted to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 up from 32, FIFA said.

First stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament.

This also means Kenya’s Harambee stars, which has never qualified for a World Cup since it’s inception, will have a bigger chance of qualifying as the number of African countries participating will be increased from five.

The number of tournament matches will rise to 80, from 64, but the eventual winners will still play only seven games.

The tournament will be completed within 32 days – a measure to appease powerful European clubs, who objected to reform because of a crowded international schedule.

According to Fifa’s own research, revenue is predicted to increase to £5.29bn for a 48-team tournament, giving a potential profit rise of £521m.

Europe against 48-team World Cup

The organisation representing Europe’s leading clubs has rejected calls for the World Cup to be expanded.

Earlier this month, Fifa president Gianni Infantino proposed a 48-team tournament consisting of 16 groups of three countries each.

The European Club Association (ECA) say the number of games played in a year is already at an “unacceptable level”.

“We urge Fifa not to increase the number of World Cup participants,” said ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Fifa’s council will discuss Infantino’s proposal at a meeting on 9 January but the 46-year-old made expansion part of his election manifesto because he wants to allow more countries the chance to compete at football’s flagship event.

The number of teams competing at a World Cup last increased in 1998 when the tournament expanded from 24 to 32 countries but any change to the current structure would not be likely to take effect before the 2026 World Cup.

Rummenigge added: “We have to focus on the sport again. Politics and commerce should not be the exclusive priority in football.”

The ECA represents more than 200 clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chelsea.

-BBC