Following the European football championship for country teams in 2021, the city launched the online football forecast Tifogame at the initiative of sports alderman Brecht Cassiman and mayor Evelien De Both (then alderman for local economy). Unlike last year when this was announced with great drumming, this time it appears to be hardly publicized and known a free prediction car is now also possible on the occasion of the World Cup is. The necessary online competition platform for this was already purchased by the city last year from Tifogroup BV from Ostend.
Just last year, the initiators said that the aim of this campaign was to simultaneously promote local traders and make local shopping even more attractive. At that time, some 40 tradespeople signed up for participation and provided their own prize pool (as we learned afterwards, this was not profitable for most of them). This time, however, the merchants are not involved. In his answer to our question about the reason for this, (current) alderman of local economy and small business Brecht Cassiman does not refer to the now ‘disturbed’ relationship between the city council and the united traders who do not agree with the plans for the redevelopment of the Heldenlaan and with the way (without participation) in which these plans took shape. In his explanation, alderman Cassiman sticks to the conclusion that “in line with the trend throughout the country, this winter World Cup has not brought much World Cup fever among the traders in Zottegem either, and it has therefore been decided to focus mainly on on catering establishments and football clubs”.
This does not alter the fact that all Zottegemnaren via www.tifogame.be/nl/platforms/zottegem-wk22-f0e to make a prediction. An overarching ranking will then determine who the biggest football connoisseur of Zottegem is. A gift voucher of 250 euros is provided for him or her. But the others of the top ten also participate in the total prize pool of 725 euros: coupons of 150 and 100 euros respectively are reserved for the second and third, coupons of 50 euros each for the fourth and fifth, and coupons of 25 euros each for the rest of the ten best football connoisseurs of Zottegem.