Dentaa’s time to shine
It seems that the GUBA CEO isn’t only handy at giving out awards, she is good at receiving them too. Dentaa has been named on the 2011 Black List. The Awards were created by journalist Leon Mann and Rodney Hinds of the Voice Newspaper.
The occasion recognises the contribution of the black community for achievements across all levels of football and is supported by the Football Association, Professional Footballers’ Association, Kick It Out and the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS), and Horizon with The Voice Newspaper as a media partner..
This year’s awards presentation will be held at the offices of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games Limited (LOCOG) in Canary Wharf on October 26.
Dentaa’s talents know no end, from presenting The Dentaa show, to founding and running the GUBA Awards (which takes place 6th November at Park Plaza Embankment). It is particularly her management of Asamoah Gyan and her influence in the signing of Emmanuel Frimpong to the Ghana National team, that were key factors in her nomination for the Black List.
The list also recognises the works of match agent Justin Addo who is responsible for the up and coming Ghana vs Nigeria Game on the 11th October at Watford Stadium
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In between lifting his fifth Premiership title in May the Manchester United defender has cemented the credentials of his digital 5 Magazine. As editor-in-chief Ferdinand has established a slick lifestyle publication that covers topics from fashion and film to music and sport while securing interviews with some of the biggest names in showbiz.
BBC director and producer Bernard has been responsible for some of the corporation’s finest sporting documentaries of the past twelve months, including Bobby Charlton: Football Icon and Alex Higgins: The People’s Champion. His thorough and evocative work has set the benchmark by which other sporting productions are judged.
The Daily Mirror veteran of 11 years continues to report from football’s frontline and is a regular and respected television and radio guest. Lewis’ online Football Spy videos for the Mirror remain a staple for fans looking for the latest insight behind the scenes of the Premier League.
The former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker has reshaped his reputation to become the voice of talkSPORT’s football coverage. His speed and analytical precision as a match commentator is matched by his presentation skills as the host of talkSPORT’s live football phone-ins.
Karyn has been a regular contributor to The Voice’s sports pages over the last five years. She is passionate and authoritive with her football stories. One of the few women in the football media, Karyn is the ghost writer for England women’s manager Hope Powell’s column in The Voice and she attended the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
The Blackburn striker has revealed that his talents are not restricted to the pitch with his superb start as a presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 phone-in. He is also a regular contributor to BBC World News show Sports World Have Your Say. Not only is Robert’s combining his burgeoning media career with the demands of professional football but his Jason Roberts Foundation continues to go from strength to strength.
Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday is unthinkable without the contributions of the excitable Kamara. Cult status has grown upon the former Bradford manager for his passionate comments upon whichever match he is covering. Yet Kamara proves that an astute reading of the game need not be separated from raw enthusiasm.
There is much more to Andy Ansah than the ‘Unbelievable Tekkers’ segment on Soccer AM. The presenter of Sky One’s Wayne Rooney Street Striker is the world’s leading football choreographer – and has one of the most creative minds in football. His most recent project Ronaldo – Tested to the Limit showcases the Real Madrid man’s abilities but also Ansah’s.
The Channel 4 News reporter is a staple of the bulletin’s sports coverage and contributes regular news and features to Channel 4’s website. Nzerem was an integral part of the channel’s coverage of the recent athletics World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Oduba, as a co-presenter of CBBC’s Match of the Day Kickabout, is at the forefront of the BBC’s drive to bring sport news, features and analysis to young audiences. The former reporter on CBBC’s Sportsround graduated to anchorman status with the launch of Kickabout in January.
The former Tottenham striker’s media career stretches back almost three decades and it is testament to his hard work and sharp footballing brain that he is still at the forefront of the BBC’s football coverage. The Final Score pundit remains one of the most recognisable faces in English football media.
Gay rights campaigner Pitter was appointed an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his work in eradicating homophobia in football. The manager of London-based Stonewall FC, Britain’s first openly gay football team, has defiantly stood up to bigots and racists during his long-term association with the sport.
Campbell, founder of the Arthur Wharton Foundation, has long sought national recognition for the iconic Wharton and was present this summer when a bronze statue of the world’s first black professional footballer was unveiled. The artwork is to sit outside the home of Darlington FC, whom Wharton represented in the 19th century.
The former Sunderland captain continues his long-standing association with Show Racism the Red Card, a charity dedicated to eradicating racism in sport and society. As a spokesperson Bennett regularly attends SRtRC events and pays regular visits to schools in the north-east to spread the organisation’s message of mutual respect and understanding.
Dr Colin King
In an era where ethnic minorities are still underrepresented at all levels of the national game, the work of Doctor King cannot be underestimated. The founder of the Black and Asian Coaches association continues to campaign for increased racial equality in the field of coaching.
The uncle of Blackburn Rovers striker Jason is the dedicated chief executive of the Jason Roberts Foundation, which is committed to providing sporting and cultural opportunities for young people in the UK and the Caribbean. Roberts’ commitment to grassroots football earned him Barclays Community Sports Award for August.
The Ipswich striker converted to Islam seven years ago and this summer set up the Association of Muslim Footballers with the purpose of raising awareness of the lifestyles of devout players with their non-Muslim team-mates, management, and fan bases.
Adekafe’s position as social inclusion manager at Manchester City is a shining example of how seemingly directionless young people can be steered from a life of crime into meaningful and fulfilling employment. The unemployed Adekafe joined an FA-affiliated scheme that led him to Eastlands and a spokesperson’s role in England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
Stirling was appointed an MBE in 2007 for his services to youth football and continues to run the football club at Broadwater Farm community centre in Tottenham. The youth worker’s sharp understanding of the social realities of life in one of London’s poorest areas has made him a respected voice of the community.
The general manager of Birmingham’s Continental Star FC has overseen the rise of a social enterprise that has developed beyond its roots as a football club for marginalised individuals. Continental Star’s extracurricular activities include homework clubs for disadvantaged youngsters and help groups for women in the Birmingham area.
Aston Villa legend Taylor is now an occasional football pundit for AVTV and can regularly be seen at Villa games. He is also now an official ambassador for for the club. Taylor, along with former Birmingham City defender Michael Johnson, has formed the innovative PR company the Black Ice Group.
A new entry to The Black List, Dentaa is the personal manager of Ghana and Sunderland striker, Asamoah Gyan and also the founder of the highly successful GUBA Awards. She played an influential role in helping the Black Stars secure the services of Arsenal starlet, Emmanuel Frimpong.
Horizon’s Francis Nkwain is fast becoming a well known figure in British football. He advises players including Emmanuel Adebayor, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong, Gervinho and Alex Song. His links with the world’s top French speaking African players are second to none. His role in bringing together 25 African Premier League stars for the Best of Africa awards in May pays tribute to the respect the players have for him.
Since retirement from playing, Mitchell has played a part in the transfer of several players. His role has seen him play instrumental roles in the careers of Jermain Defoe at Tottenham Hotspur and Shaun Wright-Phillips who recently moved to Queens Park Rangers.
Finnigan heads up the Players Lounge football agency. Since the agency was set up in 1999 it has gone from strength to strength and boasts a client base including Premier League stars Nigel Reo-Coker and Cameron Jerome, as well as a number of young prospects.
The former PFA executive is one of the most forward thinking agents in the game. Together with his right hand man, Jamie Moralee, he has built New Era Global into one of football’s major player agencies. Much of the dynamic work Rio Ferdinand has been up to away from the pitch is thanks to the fresh approach New Era have adopted and successfully delivered as a team. Recently, Smith has also been busy getting exciting moves for Anton Ferdinand, Danny Gabbidon and Jermaine Jenas – while helping to develop the likes of Adlene Geurdioura, Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor.
Nathaniel’s stable of superstars rivals any within the industry. The chief executive of NVA Entertainment Group counts John Terry, Robinho and Antonio Valencia among his footballing clients. Most recently the NVA chief brought Chelsea’s Ashley Cole together with US hip-hop mogul Jay-Z to open a restaurant. He signalled his intentions to extend his remit further beyond football in negotiating the deal for Usain Bolt’s autobiography.
The West London based match agent is one of the most hard working men in the business. He was resolute in the face of adversity when the recent London riots meant the Ghana v Nigeria match at Watford FC was called off – costing him thousands. The game was rescheduled as a result of his determination and ambition.
Adie’s reputation continues to grow with each football season. His ace transfer to date has seen him move Southampton prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Premier League Arsenal in the summer of 2011. Industrious and charismatic, Adie is a name to note for the future.
Having left his position at the PFA, Batson now operates as a consultant to the FA regarding the promotion of black, Asian and other ethnic minority coaches. The former West Brom defender has been taken part in FA coaching clinics geared to promoting more diverse ethnic representation within English football.
Barnes is a current deputy chief executive of the PFA and has occupied that role since 2006. The former winger’s path to a senior executive position within the players’ union began upon his retirement in 1996, when he joined the PFA’s player management agency.
The Burnley defender and chairman of the PFA is currently on loan at home town club Preston as they seek a return to the Championship following relegation. Carlisle is seen by many in the game as a footballer who could easily go on to become a successful chairman or chief executive. Away from football he became the first professional footballer to appear on BBC’s Question Time in January.
Pound gives the PFA has a vocal female representation as professional women’s teams continue their ascendency within English game. The PFA’s senior executive of equality works to ensure that all PFA members are represented fairly regardless of their age, possible disabilities, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
Lord Ouseley is the first black person to be appointed onto the Football Association’s council. After 18-years as chairman of Kick It Out Lord Ouseley is still committed to ensuring the organisation’s message of equality and understanding resonates through all levels of the English game. During Lord Ouseley’s tenure Kick It Out has been internationally lauded for its role in challenging prejudices within the game.
Elliott was an integral part of England’s 2018 World Cup bid and continues the fight to eradicate racism in football as an ambassador for Kick It Out. Few anti-racism campaigners within football have fought so vigorously and articulately to defeat one the sport’s greatest ills. Chelsea’s first black captain also advises UEFA, FIFA and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic LOCOG on diversity issues.
Elliott fronts Millwall’s ‘Millwall for All’ social inclusion scheme and is the Bermondsey club’s equality manager. In this role Elliott has been at the forefront of the Lions’ anti-racism initiatives and has worked closely with Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card.
Barrett heads Kick It Out’s Mentoring and Leadership programme, which aims to provide opportunities for under-represented and groups and individuals at all levels of the game. The former England, Everton and Aston Villa defender is taking the scheme nationwide aided by funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Barrett still remains an active coach within professional football with Stoke City FC.
James has worked as Millwall’s commercial director at a time when football has required to prudent administration in order to negotiate the current economic crisis. James helped broker kit manufacturing and sponsorship deal for the Lions, who have escaped the financial perils of several rivals.
FIRST LADY: Three Lionesses boss Hope Powell with Voice of Sport editor Rodney Hinds
England’s first full-time women’s coach took over the reins in 1998 and overseen an era of exponential growth in women’s football. Powell led the Three Lionesses to the quarter-finals of this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germany and is hopeful of steering England towards qualification for Euro 2013.
The vastly experienced Ramsey has worked behind the scenes at White Hart Lane for a number of seasons and is currently Tottenham’s assistant technical co-ordinator and works at all levels of the club to develop players with an eye on the first team.
The former Nigerian international defender worked as Chelsea’s chief scout since 2007 and was made assistant first team coach at Stamford Bridge in November last year. This summer he was made technical director and continues to serve current first-team coach Andre Villas-Boas.
RECOGNITION: Charlton manager Chris Powell (left) together with actor Ashley Walters (centre) and entrepreneur Chris Nathaniel
The England 2018 World Cup bid ambassador was appointed manager at his former club in January and has enjoyed a successful start to his first full season. Powell, a former chairman of the PFA, is confident of League One promotion with the Addicks.
Dyer left his position as West Ham’s reserve team coach in January to link up with Chris Powell at The Valley. The two have formed a successful partnership that has seen the south-east Londoners set the early pace in League One.
Blake has been England’s U19 manager since 2008 and led the Young Lions to the semi-finals of the 2010 European U19 Championships in France. Qualification for the 2012 European Championships began this month with Blake hoping to steer his charges towards the tournament in Estonia.
After several seasons as a coach serving under various Wolves managers Connor was appointed assistant manager to Mick McCarthy in 2008. The former England U21 forward has overseen two successful fights against relegation as the Molineux side look to build upon their Premiership credentials this season.
At Newcastle Hughton proved he had the attributes of a successful Premiership manager and will hope to steady the ship at Championship side Birmingham. City’s astute appointment gives the West Midlanders hope that Hughton will achieve this aim of a return to Premiership management with the St Andrew’s club.
The director of youth development at Brentford is a youth coach of immense experience who previously plied his trade at Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford. Aibangee is committed to improving the standard of youth football with an eye on the senior game.
Ferdinand joined Harry Redknapp’s coaching staff in November 2008 and continues to operate as Tottenham’s striker coach. Ferdinand worked behind the scenes as Spurs progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals last season, where the north Londoners knocked out AC Milan and defeated city rivals Inter along the way.
QPR first team coach Curle has forged a successful partnership with Rangers boss Neil Warnock as the duo took the west Londoners to the Championship title last season. Curle is looking to help the Loftus Road side consolidate their Premiership status after a 15-year absence.
The son of the pioneering manager Keith Alexander left his role as a scout at Bradford to become chief scout at Notts County last month. Alexander, who has also worked as an agent, brings his experience as an agent to his new role as County seek League One promotion this season.