More Malawians able to watch 2016 Euro, Cosafa Cup also on GOtv

More Malawians will be able to watch the 2016 Euro courtesy of the affordable GOtv, a special package for low income earners that is provided through Digital Satellite Television (DStv).

MultiChoice Malawi spokesman, Chimwemwe Nyirenda

MultiChoice Malawi spokesman, Chimwemwe Nyirenda

GOtv, which uses the latest generation digital video broadcast, a cheaper selection of programming from Africa as well as international channels

GOtv, which uses the latest generation digital video broadcast, a cheaper selection of programming from Africa as well as international channels

The special arrangement started with Friday’s opening match between France and Romania on SuperSport Select 1 (channel 30) and will continue with selected matches including the final game on July 10.

Most European matches are exclusive to other packages rather than GOtv such as Compact and Premium. GOtv was made available for many people to enjoy selected DStv services.

“The Euro is one of the many ways that GOtv continues to bring as an added value to our valued customers,” said MultiChoice’s Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda when the service providers dated sports journalists to the public viewing of opening match on Friday at HS Winehouse Lodge at Namiwawa in Blantyre.

“Other matches  which will be showcased on GOtv in the first round include; England v Russia, Belgium v Italy, Germany v Poland, Portugal v Austria and Croatia v Spain.

“In the quarterfinal stage, GOtv will air two live matches and for the semis there is one live match. The biggest match of the tournament,  the final on July 10 will also be beamed live on GOtv,” he said.

Malawian football fans will also watch on SuperSport Select 1 all the matches of the Southern African regional tournament, the Cosafa Cup in which Malawi is participating that kicks off Saturday, June 11 in Namibia.

The opening match is between Zimbabwe and Swaziland on Saturday followed by the game between Seychelles and Madagascar.

Malawi open their Group B campaign against Angola on Sunday followed by Lesotho v Mauritius.

Group A features Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Seychelles and one of the surprise packages from 2015, Madagascar.

If Malawi will become top of their Group B, they will meet South Africa, who are seeded for the quarterfinals together with defending champions Namibia, last year’s runners-up Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia and guest nation in DR Congo.

The hosts Namibia begin their title defence with a quarterfinal clash against Botswana on June 18 while Zambia date winners of Group A the following day.

The quarterfinal losers will then participate in the Plate competition that was first introduced in 2013 and was won by the Flames last year.

The Cosafa Castle Cup was launched in 1997 and very quickly became one of the most exciting competitions on the African soccer calendar.

The emergence of the southern African regional tournament has also helped the rise to prominence and the growth in strength of the region’s soccer.

It has given the Cosafa member countries opportunities to increase their international profile and seek further success on other stages, like that of the African Nations Cup finals and the World Cup finals.

Zambia and Zimbabwe have each claimed four titles each, with South Africa and Angola three-time winners. Namibia claimed their first championship when they won the 2015 edition.

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