NBC’s Football Feast

Namibian football fans will be in for a treat for the next month, after it was announced that the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation will broadcast all 64 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup live.

At a function at the Supporter’s Sports Bar on Monday evening, the NBC’s chief commercial officer Alex Shimuafeni announced that the matches will be broadcast live on NBC 1 and NBC 3 as well as on NBC radio, while some of the key matches will be repeated.

Shimuafeni said the NBC would provide an interactive experience with fans at the Supporter’s Sports Bar, from where they will also do live broadcasts.

“The national broadcaster has gone all out to make this year’s World Cup more interactive and memorable for the viewers. For the first time, the NBC will be crossing over to the Supporter’s Sports Bar where we will have a reporter and an interactive presenter on standby to mingle with viewers watching the World Cup games there,” he said.

The NBC’s Lesley Tjiueza will be the main presenter of the World Cup matches and will be assisted by several local football journalists like Wesley Vries of the NBC, Hector Mawonga of the Namibian Sun and Carlos Kambaekwa of New Era, NBC football presenter Confidence Musariri and rugby presenter Attie Samuelson, and football analysts Joseph Martin and Smedley Engelbrecht.

Shimuafeni thanked the NBC’s sponsors who made it possible to broadcast the matches live. They are H amp G Aertising from Botswana, Institute for Open Learning, Trustco Insurance, Nampost, Coca Cola and Simply Black.

“We would not have been able to broadcast the World Cup matches live had it not been for the assistance of our sponsors, who believed in NBC’s capability to screen quality games,” he said.

There are also exciting competitions lined up for the duration of the World Cup where viewers can win great prizes. In one such competition, viewers can stand a chance to win five 42 Inch HD television sets, that can also be used as a computer, to the value of N$13 000. Each television comes with a keyboard and a mouse.

To win one of the five HD television sets viewers need to SMS the word ‘FIFA’ to 5005. Each SMS will cost N$5 while viewers need to be paid-up TV license holders in order to qualify for the competition.

On Monday night the first winner of the competition, Benedictus Kavika from Mariental was announced, with a friend of his, Stanley Gamseb receiving the television set on his behalf.

The competition will continue for the duration of the World Cup with a new winner to be announced each week.

Most of the matches will be broadcast live on NBC 1, while eight matches that will take place simultaneously, will be broadcast on NBC 3.

Viewers will however have to purchase an NBC decoder at a cost of N$199 to watch NBC 3.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts on Thursday evening with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for 20h15, while the first match between Brazil and Croatia will start at 21h00.

Source : The Namibian