Fancy Footwork – On Your Feet and Azonto!

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…as five East African teams in the Semi-Finals ready to tackle the Pan-African opposition for the champion crown

KAMPALA, 23rd May 2013 – Ghana’s winning team in last night’s episode of The GUINNESS® FOOTBALL CHALLENGE™ celebrated securing their place in the Semi-Finals of the Pan-African showdown by breaking out in the Azonto dance which even got presenters Larry Asego and Mimi Kalinda on their feet!  Emmanuel Kofi Okarku, 27 and Issac Aryee, 25 may have struggled on the Guinness® Money Wall and only bagged $1,500 USD, but they got the whole of the studio, and probably, most of Africa, dancing away to the famous routine!

The winning team put in an incredible performance in the Formation Round and secured a 16-point lead with a great demonstration of skill and knowledge from the pair.  They went on to beat the Kenyan team of Kenneth Mukuri and Chris Mwamgi, who were representing East Africa, in the Penalties, which saw them once again reach the Wall.  But all is not lost for the East African duo who will make the Semi-Final as Runners-Up. 

The pairs of Emmaunel and Issac, and Kenneth and Chris all continue on their journey in the show as they ‘Play for Their Country’ in the Semi-Finals.  They will all be hoping that they have the confidence to live bold and be crowned Pan-African champions. 

Robert Nsibirwa, Guinness®  Uganda Brand Manager said:  “Our first Semi-Final is kicking off next week and we can’t wait to see which teams from across Africa will make it all the way to our very first GUINNESS® FOOTBALL CHALLENGE™ Pan-African Final!  We are so proud of all the teams and now the very best duos in East Africa will be stepping up to show that they are real players in life and don’t believe in sitting on the side-lines!  It’s shaping up to be a true East vs West battle and we know that Ugandan fans will be getting behind all of the East African teams!”

Going head-to-head in the first Semi-Final will be:

EAST AFRICA

·         IN BLACK Kenneth Kamau, 23, and Willis Ogutu, 30, are both from Nairobi.  Ken is a youth football coach and Willis a driver.  This team won our second Quarter Final and added $1,500 to the $3,000 they had already secured in their National episodes

·         IN RED – are the second Kenyan duo Francis Ngigi, 23, from Nairobi and Kepha Kimani, 25, from Thika.  The team bagged $3,000 in their National episode and made it to the Penalties round in the Semi-Final

·         IN GREEN – From Dar es Salaam will be Daniel Msekwa, 21, and Mwalimu Akida Hamad, 26. They won an incredible $5,500 on the National show and made it to the Penalty round in the Semi-Final – will they make it to the Guinness® Money Wall this time around?

FOR GHANA:

·         IN BLUE – Ghana’s highest Guinness® Money Wall winners Jonathan Naab, 25 from Tindongo and Desmond Odaano, 26, from Larteh have made it all the way to the Semi-Final after bagging a total of $8,500.  Will they make it to the first ever Pan-African final?   

The first Semi-Final will be broadcast on 29th May, 2013 at 8.00PM on NTV so make sure you get behind East Africa and support our team as they take on the best duos from across the continent.

Fans of the show can test their own football knowledge via the GUINNESS® FOOTBALL CHALLENGE™ mobile phone game which is available on the exciting Guinness® mobile social community for football lovers, GUINNESS® VIP™.   Sign up for free and test your knowledge to see where you stand on the all new Pan-African leader board at m.guinnessvip.com on your phone. 

The GUINNESS® FOOTBALL CHALLENGE™, produced by Endemol, will be broadcast on NTV every Wednesday at 8.00PM so make sure you grab a bottle of ice cold Guinness® and tune in to be part of the action.

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