By Prosper Makene
TANZANIAN football fans have lauded the plan for Dstv’s wishes on telecasting all matches of Serengeti Boys which will be available on channel 209-SuperSport9 and 233-SuperSport Select.
Serengeti Boys are set to take on Mali in the opening match on Monday, May 15 and the former will, then, play Angola three days later. Serengeti Boys have been put into Group B of the finals with Niger, Angola and Mali. The event’s Group A consists of Cameroon, Guinea, Ghana and hosts, Gabon.
A Dar es Salaam based football fan, Daud Mwaluseja said: “We thank the Dstv for their plans to telecast Serengeti Boys matches, this will help us to see our boys who fighting outside the home land, we are praying for the boys to come up with the trophy.”
Another football fan, John Leonard said that the Dstv move will assists the young players from Serengeti Boys to be known globally, hence selling their talents.
However, speaking mid this week, Multichoice Tanzania Managing Director, Maharage Chande, said the finals will be available on DStv through channel 209-SuperSport9 and 233-SuperSport Select.
“With the U17 AFCON finals being available via the affordable DStv package of DStv Bomba, the tournament is expected to dominate the sports atmosphere in Tanzania as many Tanzanians do hope that our team will perform well in the games taking into consideration huge investment put by several stake holders to support it,” Chande disclosed.
He said Tanzanian soccer fans will get a better chance to watch and support their heroes as they represent the country in the tournament, given the games will be available on the fans’ most affordable and one of the favorite packages.
“Tanzanians have high hopes on the team and a combination of players like Nickson Kibabage, Shaaban Ada and Kelvin Nashon is expected to give us nothing less but a pleasant win in their first match against Mali,” Chande said.
Serengeti Boys will face Niger in the last of the round robin games on May 21. The tournament’s semi-finalists will secure a place in the FIFA U17 World Cup finals, slated to take place in India later this year.
The Gabon competition is the 12th edition of the biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players aged 17 and below.
The tournament had originally been slated for April 2–16 in Madagascar 2017. CAF executive committee, however, decided on January 12 to withdraw the hosting rights from Madagascar following the reports of the CAF inspection teams.
Gabon were selected as the new hosts on February 3 and the tournament will now be played from May 15 to 28.
Serengeti Boys replaced Congo after the latter were disqualified for allegedly fielding an overage player during the tournament’s qualifiers.
Congo refused to send the player for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test, as stipulated by CAF. Mali were cleared to compete after their suspension was lifted by FIFA on April 28.