With 2010 marking a milestone year for football in Africa, BBC World Service has also unveiled an extensive line-up of coverage, both on and off the pitch, kicking off with the 27th Africa Cup of Nations, Angola 2010 and culminating in June with the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
BBC World Service will be broadcasting the tournament across Africa in nine languages and to a global audience on BBC World Service English. With reporters at every game, highlights will include live coverage of matches on FM relays across Africa, interviews, news reports and reaction on air, online: bbcworldservice.com/africanfootball and on mobiles via: bbc.com/sport, bbcgreatlakes.com, bbcswahili.com, bbcsomali.com, bbcparaafrica.com and bbchausa.com.
The BBC ‘s live coverage of the tournament begins on Sunday 10 January 2010, with live coverage of the opening ceremony and the first game between Angola and Mali in Luanda from 18:20 GMT, with kick-off at 19:00 GMT.
Other tournament highlights include coverage of the semi-finals and, with the tournament culminating on 31 January, live coverage of the final in Luanda, from 15:32 to 18:00 GMT (kick-off at 16:00 GMT).
The BBC’s global sport programme Sportsworld, hosted by Russell Fuller, will be reporting live from the tournament and hosting a special interactive Sportsworld Have Your Say, engaging fans around the world on the big football issues of the day.
Africa Have Your Say will also be broadcasting a special show, talking to fans across the continent about the tournament
African Football blog with Piers Edwards
Launched at the start of December, BBC World Service’s Piers Edwards weekly blog on African football covers the major talking points in the game and the latest news on the African superstars playing in the European leagues. Piers will be in Angola to cover the tournament, both online and as part of BBC World Service’s commentary team – bbc.co.uk/blogs/piersedwards/.
Coverage across Africa:
BBC Afrique (bbcafrique.com) will offer audiences commentary from the quarter-finals stage onwards.
The Africa Cup of Nations specials on BBC Hausa radio and online on bbchausa.com, will explore the history of the tournament and profile the participating teams. There will be group-by-group analysis and previews of the games and in the build-up to key matches, reports from the home-countries involved in each match, and interviews with fans who have travelled to Angola to support their teams.
BBC Portuguese for Africa will report on the Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony from Luanda. During the last 10 days of the tournament, each of the service’s three daily broadcasts, as well as the website, bbcparaafrica.com, will feature live reports from Luanda. BBC Portuguese for Africa will also look at the social and human-interest stories from the locations where the other matches will take place: Luanda, Lubango, Benguela and Cabinda.
In the run-up to the tournament, from 3 January, BBC Swahili will broadcast the Who is Who? series, profiling the teams and the players. In addition to covering the tournament live from the quarter-finals, BBC Swahili will run reports on matches outside Luanda. These reports will run in BBC Swahili radio programmes – including the flagship news and current-affairs programmes, Dira ya Dunia, Leo Africaand Amka na BBC. Live reports and interviews will also be given prominence in the sports programme, Ulimwengu wa Sokaon Saturdays, and in the Sunday sports review, Michezo na Wachezaji. All this programming, along with regular updates and latest results, will be available to online audiences on bbcswahili.com.