Soccer lovers in Kenya can now catch up on the latest action during this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament which kicked off last weekend in New Zealand live and exclusively on StarTimes.
This follows the signing of an exclusive deal between StarTimes and the world’s football governing body, FIFA that will see StarTimes broadcast four major soccer tournaments namely this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand, Women’s World Cup Canada, Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal and U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The four competitions will be broadcast on both StarTimes and StarTimes Satellite in all sub-Sahara African territories.
The African continent will be represented by Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Mali and will be battling out with other major soccer powerhouses such as Brazil, Germany, Portugal and Argentina among others. The 52 matches pitying 24 teams will be broadcast live on StarTimes Sport 2 channel with the World Champions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 being crowned on 7th July, 2015.
Commenting on the development, Gary Rathbone, Head of Sport for StarTimes said “We are very excited to have secured these exclusive pay TV rights from FIFA to broadcast these prestigious competitions. Football remains a very popular choice and continues to gain momentum both as a participatory and spectator experience across Africa hence they will provide our viewers with high quality viewing entertainment,” noted Rathbone.
StarTimes also secured the exclusive pay TV rights deal with FIFA to broadcast the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 football tournament starting June 6th to July 5th 2015 that will be taking place in Canada.
Coverage of the tournament will start exclusively on StarTimes Sport 2 on 6th June 2015 with the final and closing ceremony scheduled for July 5th, 2015.
“We are very excited to have secured these exclusive rights from FIFA to broadcast yet another prestigious competition. Millions of people will be watching and we hope that it will inspire young girls in Africa and specifically in Kenya to get involved in the sport,” concluded Rathbone.
Twenty four teams from across the world will be taking part in the largest single sports event for women worldwide, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 tournament. It will be the first single sport event held in Canada.
StarTimes will also be televising this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal from 6th June to 5th July and FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile from 17th October to 18th November on StarTimes Sport 2 and StarTimes Focus channels.
StarTimes is the leading digital-TV operator in Africa, covering 80% of the continent’s population. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 320 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, fashion, religion etc.
The company’s vision is “To enable every African family to afford and enjoy digital TV” StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters that offers consumers outstanding pay-TV programs, mobile multimedia and wireless Internet connectivity.