West Bromwich Albion centre-back, Semi Ajayi, has admitted it was an easy decision for him to play for Nigeria. Eagles ace Semi Ajayi The versatile player made his senior debut for the Super Eagles against Seychelles in September 2018, which he described as a great ‘honour’, having previously featured for the West Africans at U20 level. The former Rotherham United star has played 11 times since his maiden appearance for the three-time African champions. The English-born player spoke of his delight to visit the West African country along with his parents and the Nigerian food he enjoyed were part of the reasons that swayed him to play for the country. “The decision was made a long time ago. I decided to play for the U20s when I was 19 and the goal was always to play for the first team,” Ajayi told the club website.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World “As a youngster, we would go there every two years to visit my mum and dad’s families… it was nice to meet my grandparents and all my cousins. “It’s a really nice country; mum’s family is in Lagos. She makes Nigerian food at home but it’s different when you go out there and get the real thing. The ingredients are that bit fresher I think. It’s lovely food; I really enjoy it.” Ajayi was one of the star performers as Gernot Rohr’s men played out a 1-1 draw with five-time world champions Brazil in October. The defender believes the game gave him huge confidence but admitted his disappointment of missing a chance to get Neymar’s shirt. Read Also:Bolaji Sakin, Junior Ajayi move closer to CAF continental titles “That was a great confidence boost for me, to be able to measure myself against players of that quality and come out with with a 1-1 draw,” he continued. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
The Australian Football League (“AFL”) has revealed in an interview with FairFax Media that it is likely to get involved in esports. IEM heads to SydneyThe league has expressed interest in running a tournament at the Etihad Stadium which it gained ownership of back in October and has encouraged AFL clubs to sponsor or create their own esports teams. The interview with FairFax media doesn’t reveal anything concrete but implies that brands in Australia are starting to wake up to the idea of esports. With Intel Extreme Master: Sydney bringing top tier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Australia for the first time, interest is likely to increase.Darren Birch, the AFL’s growth, digital and audiences general manager told Fairfax Media in an interview: “Esports is very strong in the millennial area, so for us it is about diverse exposure to that audience. That’s no different to AFLW where we became more relevant to a female audience.He continued: “whether that translates into football is somewhat relevant but also not totally relevant. We want AFL, through esports, to have the ability to generate a broader appeal for clubs and be able to bring more sponsors, revenue and consumption of your brand – whether that’s a live footy event or a live esports event.”Notable esports names to emerge from Australia include Damien “kpii” Chok and Anathan “ana” Pham who both compete in Dota 2. Ana’s rise to the top has been quite remarkable and the youngster has notched two Major titles with Dota record-breakers OG. His team will undoubtedly be favourite heading into this summer’s The International which could house the biggest esports prize-pool ever. Additionally he sits atop the Dota 2 public leaderboards. Esports Insider says: Hopefully the AFL aren’t just teasing and do get involved. I’m sure plenty of players have always wanted to go to Australia so the more competition taking place the better. The Etihad looks a fantastic venue should they host an event there.
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Double Digit Growth Shows Export Tourism is a Rising StarAustralian tourism has reached stellar heights with a record $32.5 billion in international spend, a growth of 10% year on year, positioning tourism as one of Australia’s leading exports.ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley, today congratulated Australia’s tourism industry on this outstanding achievement, a testament to the hard work of the export tourism sector in building an attractive product for the international marketplace.“Across the board, from the USA to India, Malaysia and China, we are seeing double digit success in a wide number of markets, all of which are showing signs of further upward growth,” Mr Shelley said.“It’s clear Australia’s tourism sector is continuing to grow, competing strongly and engaging across a broad range of new and traditional markets, including driving a 14% growth in spend from the USyear on year.The International Visitor Survey, released today, shows Chinese visitor spend grew by 25% in the past 12 months to reach $6.4 billion, almost half of which was spent during the March quarter. This is a direct impact of the spike in visitors during Lunar New Year celebrations.“The industry has performed well over the past five years, building the eighth largest international tourism industry by spend in the world, and the current drop in exchange rates helps to bolster this success even further.“Few Australian industries have enjoyed this level of growth. Only yesterday it was reported that the chief economist of Barclays Bank believes tourism can overtake iron ore as Australia’s No.1 export earner and we are seeing proof of this claim today.”Mr Shelley said the figures showed the importance of hosting international events with March quarter figures highlighting the increase in visitors during the Asian Cup and the Cricket World Cup.“Australia is fast becoming a popular destination for Chinese visitors during the Lunar New Year period which is evidenced by the remarkable 32% year on year growth in spend for this market in the March quarter.“International visitors love Australia and what we have to offer – our natural environment and heritage, our great food and wine and the unique travel experiences that we provide.“Our committed tourism businesses should take credit for this excellent growth. They have worked hard to build a high quality product range that competes strongly in the international marketplace and this has set Australia on a path to tourism export success.”“Whilst these are certainly positive outcomes, this is not a time for complacency given we are competing against the well resourced marketing budgets of alternative travel destinations.“For Australia to maintain this growth we need to continue a strong industry/government partnership to ensure all policy settings are focused towards maximising the industry’s opportunity to build on the $32.5 billion result we have seen today.”Source = Australian Tourism Export Council