Nigerian superstar Yakubu to open SBC Digital Summit Africa

SBC Digital Summit Africa is to open with an exclusive interview with Yakubu Ayegbeni, the Nigerian football legend and Interwetten brand ambassador. 

The interview on 6 October 2020, the opening day of the virtual event for the African betting and gaming industry, will see the former striker discuss his playing career and his work with Interwetten’s recently-launched Nigerian sportsbook.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions about Yakubu’s career, which saw him represent Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup, four African Cup of Nations finals and the 2000 Olympics. 

At club level, he won the Israeli Premier League twice with Maccabi Haifa before his goal scoring feats in the Champions League earned him a move to the English Premier League. He went on to score 95 times in 252 games during spells with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, and also played an important role in Middlesbrough’s famous run to the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.

The session comes at the start of a busy two-day conference schedule, which will run alongside a programme of skills workshops and networking roundtables, and an interactive exhibition.

Yakubu said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to represent Interwetten at the SBC Digital Summit Africa and fantastic that SBC is bringing its virtual events to Africa. I look forward to meeting everyone there online.”

Rasmus Sojmark, founder and CEO of SBC said: “SBC Digital Summit Africa is our first ever dedicated event for the African betting and gaming industry, so it’s fantastic to be kicking things off with one of the greats of African football.

“We’re excited to hear more about Yakubu’s illustrious playing career, what he’s been doing since hanging up his boots, and his work with Interwetten.” 

Kevan Edgerton, Head of International Markets at Interwetten, said: “Nigeria is already a huge sports betting market in Africa and Yakubu is a brilliant ambassador for Interwetten in that market. Being able to bring him to the SBC Digital Summit Africa is a fantastic opportunity to promote our partnership.”

SBC Digital Summit Africa, which takes place on 6 – 7 October 2020, is the largest virtual conference and exhibition dedicated to the African sports betting and gaming industry. 

It features a speaker line-up comprising the very best local market experts and industry thought leaders, who will share their insights and ideas on the region’s best opportunities over two days of conference content. 

The event’s advanced digital platform will also deliver an interactive exhibition showcasing the latest products from major suppliers, along with a selection of networking events to help operators, suppliers and investors interested in markets in Africa to connect. 

Further details about SBC Digital Summit Africa are available from the event’s official website, where delegates can register for a free access pass.