The National Broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), has announced that it will be broadcasting nearly all of the games of the forthcoming 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. The games will be on UBC main channel and UBS Star TV.
The development was confirmed by Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, cabinet Minister for ICT and National Guidance while addressing journalists at the Uganda Media center in Kampala today.
The forthcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is soon starting from 20th, November to 18 December 2022. There are 32 teams that will be competing for the world’s biggest tournament which is currently hold by France the defending champions of 2018.
William Odochi, the UBC Marketing manager in an exclusive interview with URN, said their right to broadcast only allows then 28 games out of 64 games the sum up of all games to be played in the all-tournament.
“The number of games that have been given under the free-to-air business structure is twenty-eight games. We are basically running what has been given to us”, he said.
But Odoch made it clear that among the 28 games, they will have games at all stages including a few games from the preliminary round (group stages) matches in the round of sixteen, quarter-final, semi-final, and the final.
According to Min .Dr Chris Baryomunsi Government has so far released sh.1.56 billion to facilitate this year’s World Cup coverage by UBC.
UBC will broadcast at least eighteen games out of the forty-eight games, four games out of the eight games on the round of sixteen, 2 games out of the 4 games on the semi-final, and the final game.
According to Odochi the national broadcasters have used nearly 1.6 billion. “The government released 1.56 billion towards these games, which covers the rights, administrative costs, that’s the money the government released for this.”
The organizers selected all the games that UBS will broadcast, there is no way you can decide which games you want to watch depending on the amount of money we paid,” he said.
These include the opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador, Senegal against Netherlands that will be played the following day, and Group D between France and Australia among other games. They will broadcast at least one game across all group stages every day.