FirstTouch Africa is the culmination of football culture across the continent.
With FirstTouch Africa, we’re providing the world of football fans with a unique view and experience of the game from the perspective of a continent.
With a team devoted to the expression and progression of football in Africa, FirstTouch’s commitment and collaborative nature focuses on making it the premier online terminal for editorially driven news and culture surrounding the continent of Africa.
FirstTouch Africa’s news section grants each and every fan of the game with a reputable destination the latest AFCON news and player developments, while providing readers with an exclusive vantage point into the diverse experience that is African football.
Topher is a Marketing Strategist and Creative who currently lives and works in New York City. He grew up in the game of football enjoying time with the U18 and U20 U.S. National Teams leading to standout collegiate and short professional career.
Prior to FirstTouch, Topher has worked with SBGH Wealth Management, NCC Media, and Ladder Digital. His creative and marketing experience include The Total Money Athlete, Allofour Twist, and LePrix.
As Content and Marketing Director of FirstTouch, Topher helps manage our content production from concept to completion while contributing editorial and writing services for our blog.
Yolanda Nokuri Hegngi is committed to the growth businesses in emerging markets for global clients.
In the last 8 years she has been a managing director for a management consulting company that supported leaders in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and organizations like the FMO, World Bank Group, and the International Monetary Fund.
Parnell is an Analyst and Creative who currently lives and works in Washington D.C. He grew up in the game of football enjoying time in the D.C United Academy before his collegiate career prepared him for 3 years professionally in Germany.
Prior to FirstTouch, Parnell has worked with the U.S Soccer Foundation, NCC Media, and is currently finishing up his licenses to enter into the Financial Services Industry.
As an Analyst Director of FirstTouch, Parnell helps manage our creative process while contributing writing services and statistical analysis for our blog.
Dennis Takaendesa is a winner and a leader from Zimbabwe currently pursuing his undergraduate studies in Computer Science at the revolutionary African Leadership University in Mauritius. He believes in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit to solve problems and improve livelihoods and already has a few startups under his belt.
Here at FirstTouch, we have seen his large skill set paying dividends. He has been largely an analyst involved in scanning competitive landscapes, understanding customers, making sense of data, always on the lookout for interesting football stories making the buzz and synthesizing everything in blog posts.
Not many things make it to his hobbies list but football tops that list. He always says that, football is more than the numbers, the magic is in watching every minute of the 90.
Tino is a young entrepreneur from Zimbabwe that has a passion for sports with soccer at the epitome. His background in the sport and the research fields is what attracted FirstTouch Football to one of the founding class students at the African Leadership University.
He plans on using his Business Management major to impact institutions that bring development to the continent. Tinotenda has been our go-to person for anything involving research of the market, competition and potential partners. He has also played a part in the content creation and marketing of the FirstTouch brand.
I'm Obadeyi Oluseye - a lover of data and disciple of design. A Nigerian by birth but a Kenyan by association, I like to consider myself as the human form of pan-Africanism.
When I am not doing what I love i.e helping others grow, I am reading news and articles across the world.
Simiso is a Business Management student at the African Leadership University. She is from the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland). Her interest in soccer is not really in the amazing dribbling and great shots, but it is in how soccer has evolved from being just a sport. It has become a culture driving force, a marketing channel and a uniting phenomenon. Here at FirstTouch, Simiso is exploring how soccer has been able to achieve all that. Tag along on her journey.
Siphosethu Thwala is an aspiring investment banker with a soft spot for the beautiful game. He is a Business Management (Hons) degree major at the African Leadership University. His interest in football stems from the hunger in his younger days reading soccer newspapers in search for football stories about the world’s best players. As such, with FirstTouch, he has had the opportunity to share and harness his writing skills through feature stories about trending football news especially during the world cup period. Ultimately, Sipho hopes more football stories can be accessed by soccer enthusiasts and he believes FirstTouch provides the right platform for that.