By DERRICK SINJELA and SAEED SIMON BANDA
ALL eyes are focused on the beautiful country of Qatar as the world’s greatest football tournament, the 2022 World Cup, kicks-off in Qatar, a country famously known for its luxury tourism industry.
MultiChoice, the official broadcaster of the Qatar 2022 World Cup has reaffirmed its commitment to broadcast all the 64 world cup games to customers on it’s DStv and GOtv platforms.
“Our aim is to deliver a front-row view of the best football titles in the world to our valued customers and as such, DStv and GOtv customers will have access to watch the 64 live games on both platforms on different Super Sport channel offerings,” said Mrs Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia, in a Monday, 21st November 2022 Press Release circulated by Chilufya Mwelwa, Head of Corporate Affairs.
“SuperSport is the only true home of football in Africa, offering a range and depth of action during this World Cup in full HD, great commentary and access to magazine shows that no other rivals can match – it’s literally ‘Here for Every Fan,” remarked Kooma.
As part of the hyper-local strategy and the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance its customers’ television viewing experience, MultiChoice announced SuperSport would expand its channel offering for football fans during the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
To ensure that customers get the best out of the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup and beyond, MultiChoice will make all the world cup action available for streaming on the DStv app and Showmax Pro for customers to watch the tournament on-the-go.
MultiChoice hosted an epic watch-party in Lusaka for, customers, sports journalists, sports commentators and analysts to drive conversations around the World Cup football action in Qatar.
In the first game, host Qatar lost 0-2 to Ecuador, a 90 minutes after opening ceremonies at Qatar’s Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, 20th November, 2022.
Qatar underwhelmed in its first-ever World Cup match, losing 2-0 to an energised Ecuador led by former West Ham and Everton player, Enner Valencia, who netted two unanswered goals on a penalty kick and later a header.
Italian referee Daniele Orsato was in charge and just three minutes in, referees called back what appeared to be the match’s first goal, after a header from Ecuador’s Valencia rippled the mesh following a long-distance free-kick attempt by Pervis Estupinan at half-field.
The goal was ultimately disallowed by the video assistant referee (VAR).
Valencia later slipped his first goal past Qatari goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb on a penalty shot 15 minutes into the match. He then notched his second goal with a header from a cross just outside the box shortly before the end of the first half.
The 30-minute ceremony, narrated by Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman, featured performances from a star-studded cast of entertainers and singers, including K-pop sensation Jungkook of South Korean supergroup BTS and Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi.
Fireworks lit up the night sky above the stadium located some 44km (27 miles) north of Qatar’s capital, Doha.
Qatar, Netherlands and Senegal.
Group B: England, IR Iran, USA and Wales
Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia
Group D: Australia, Denmark, France and Tunisia
Group E: Costa Rica, Germany, Japan and Spain
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Croatia and Morocco
Group G: Brazil, Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland
Group H: Ghana, Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay