Zimbabwe cricketer investigatedover racial slurHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):A Zimbabwe cricketer witha history of disciplinary problems is being investigated for making a racial slur on social media where he referred to black people as “apes”.Zimbabwe Cricket said it is looking into comments posted on Facebook by batsman Mark Vermeulen. Vermeulen was responding to a complaint made by black player Prosper Utseya alleging racism in Zimbabwe cricket.In the post made back in July, Vermeulen wrote that black people wouldn’t have any problems “if we had left them in the bush”, and Utseya might be happier if he was living “in his mud hut”. He referred to black people as “the apes”.Vermeulen, who has played nine Tests and 43 one-day internationals but has been in and out of the team, could face a life ban in Zimbabwe after a series of previous problems.Ex-T&T captain submitspoll candidacy to FIFABERNE, Switzerland (AP):David Nakhid’s campaign team says the former Trinidad and Tobago captain has submitted his candidacy to FIFA to stand in February’s emergency presidential election.Campaign strategist Josanne Leonard told The Associated Press by email that “Nakhid’s papers and five nominations have been lodged with FIFA”.Presidential hopefuls have until October 26 to submit their candidacies for approval by FIFA’s election committee.As well as being backed by five federations, candidates must have had an active role in football for at least two of the last five years and pass integrity checks.Those checks could prevent Michel Platini from being declared a candidate since he is currently serving an ethics suspension.England’s Taylor to makehistory in men’s gameADELAIDE, Australia (AP):England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will make history today when she becomes the first woman to play in a men’s A-grade cricket match in Australia.Taylor will appear for the Northern Districts club against Port Adelaide on the opening day of a two-day match in South Australia’s elite men’s competition.No woman has played in the competition since it began in 1987 and it is believed none has done so in a two-day match in a men’s A-grade tournament in any other state. Former Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick played one Twenty20 match for the Dandenong club in Victoria in 2006-07.Taylor, who is the current ICC Women’s International One-Day Cricketer of the Year, said she is “nervous and excited” about her debut.”I’ve always wanted to push myself and check where I’m at in terms of my cricket,” Taylor said.
Customers will also have the option to stream any of the matches to their TVs through the Kwesé iflix app on the Safaricom BigBox and Digital Box.The Giga Football Passes will be available from June 14 to all Safaricom customers, including for TV viewing through the Safaricom Digital Box. To access the service, customers will need to dial *544# on mobile and *400# for the Digital Box.Safaricom acting director for consumer business Charles KareWanjohi(R) and KweseiFlix CEO Mayur Patel sign the Giga football Pass Contract. The Giga Football Passes are data bundles that will empower customers to stream live all World Cup matches in their mobile devices.“The recently concluded first edition of Chapa Dimba has proved Kenyans have a deep passion for sports. This passion has informed our decision to partner with Kwesé iflix to give our customers an opportunity to watch the biggest sports spectacle in the world on their mobile devices for the first time ever,” Charles Kare, Acting Director – Consumer Business, Safaricom, said.Safaricom’s 4G+, 4G and 3G broadband network now reaches 86 percent of the Kenyan population, and was recently rated Kenya’s fastest by Speedtest by Ookla.“Today is an important milestone for Kwesé iflix. Not only are we able to offer customers the best in sports and entertainment through a personalised and localised service on our Kwesé iflix app that suits our customers’ lifestyle, but are thrilled to announce a deeper partnership with Kenya’s leading communication service provider Safaricom,” Mayur Patel, CEO, Kwese iflix, stated.“Leveraging Safaricom’s superfast 4G+, 4G and 3G networks, subscribers will have the option to stream Kwesé iflix’s world-class programming, including the FIFA World Cup 2018 to any device of their choice, download or stream live for an unbelievable price of KES 99, which includes for the first time ever, unlimited data and unlimited Kwesé iflix access for 24 hours.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Safaricom acting director for consumer business Charles KareWanjohi (R) and KweseiFlix CEO Mayur Patel pose for the photo holding a football during the Giga football Pass Contract signing. The Giga Football Passes are data bundles that will empower customers to stream live all World Cup matches in their mobile devices.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 7 – With only six days to the 2018 FIFA World Cup showdown in Russia, Telecommunications service provider Safaricom has launched data bundles, dubbed ‘Giga Football Passes’ to enable football enthusiasts stream all the World Cup matches on Kwesé iflix on their smart phones.With these passes, customers can stream any of the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup live games on Kwesé iflix at Sh99 for 24 hours, inclusive of all data charges. read more