Saudi eSports star joins US rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation family

Mosaad Al-Dossary. (Reuters/File)
Updated 10 October 2019

Saudi eSports star joins US rapper Jay-Z’s Roc Nation family

  • Mosaad Al-Dossary is becoming the first eSports player to join the brand

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Mosaad Al-Dossary, the 2018 champion of the FIFA eWorld Cup, has signed for American rap legend Jay-Z’s entertainment agency Roc Nation, becoming the first eSports player to join the brand.

In addition to Al-Dossary, Roc Nation Sports International represents football stars Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich, Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City, Eric Bailly of Manchester United, Axel Witsel of Borussia Dortmund and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal CF.

“I’m incredibly excited to join the Roc Nation family,” said Al-Dossary. “As I’ve gotten to know guys like Kevin De Bruyne and Jerome Boateng, it became immediately apparent that Roc Nation stands for everything I believe in – a passion for greatness and a constant pursuit of success.

“Being a part of a roster that includes some of the best footballers and athletes in the world is very special to me.”

With multiple accolades to his name, 19-year-old Al-Dossary won the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final and was named 2018 eSports Player of the Year. Additionally, he is the only person in FIFA’s history to have won back-to-back Xbox world championships.

Michael Yormark, president of Roc Nation Sports International, said: “Mosaad has had incredible success in the FIFA and eSports world, and Roc Nation is proud to work beside him as his career continues to flourish.

“Mosaad is the perfect fit to be our first eSports client – he brings the same drive and hunger for success to his sport that all of our athletes carry.”


De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

Updated 15 December 2019

De Silva hundred in rain-hit historic Pakistan Test

  • Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five
  • The second Test will be played in Karachi from December 19

RAWALPINDI: Middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva completed his century on the fifth and final day against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Sunday, the first Test in the country since 2009 shooting.
The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas to cover boundary for his 15th boundary to complete his sixth Test hundred in his 28th Test.
Sri Lanka, who had won the toss and batted, declared their first innings at 308-6 after 20 minutes of batting on day five as the rain-affected Test is set to end in a draw after almost three days of play were lost.
De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come at the score of 127-4 on Thursday. He hit 15 boundaries. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.
Any hopes of a result in Pakistan’s historic Test have been dashed by rain and bad light which ended the first day’s play after 68.1 overs.
Only 18.2 overs were possible on day two, 5.2 on the third and the fourth day’s play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah who took 2-92 and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.
The Test is the first in Pakistan since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus killed eight people in March 2009, leading to the suspension of international cricket in the country as foreign teams refused to visit over security fears.
The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.