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BBC Swahili brings FA Cup Final in Swahili for first time

Category: World Service; Sport

Date: 20.05.2005
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Swahili-speaking audiences across East and Central Africa can now enjoy, for the first time in Swahili, special live coverage of the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester United on Saturday 21 May 2005.


BBC Swahili presenters will provide full commentary and analysis of the whole match in Swahili, live from The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.


Tido Mhando, Head of BBC Swahili, said: "The FA Cup final is very popular in the continent and many of the UK teams have legions of fans.


It will be an exciting and engaging opportunity for BBC Swahili to really connect with its audience and offer them the full excitement of the game in their own language."


Football fans can hear over three hours of coverage from 3.30pm Central African Time and 4.30pm East African Time.


The FA Cup Final kicks off at 4.00pm Central Africa Time and 5.00pm East African Time.


How to listen in Swahili:


In Burundi, listeners can hear FM broadcasts of the FA Cup Final nationwide on 105.6 FM in Swahili, and in Bujumbura on 90.2 FM in English.


In Rwanda, BBC Swahili will broadcast its coverage on the BBC relay in Kigali on 93.9 FM in Swahili.


In Kenya, the Swahili coverage of the FA Cup final will be available on the BBC in Mombasa on 93.9 FM, and on BBC World Service partner station Kameme FM in Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyeri and Meru.


In Tanzania, the Swahili coverage of the FA Cup final can be heard on the BBC relays, 94.1 FM in Zanzibar and 93.5 FM in Pemba.


Live coverage in Swahili can also be heard on BBC World Service partner stations: Radio Free Africa on 89.0 MHz in Arusha; 89.8 MHz in Mwanza; 88.2 MHz in Shinyanga; 88.8 MHz in Mbeya; 90.0 Mhz in Kigoma; 90.0 Mhz in Tabora; Radio One on 89.5 MHz in Dar es Salaam; 95.3 MHz in Arusha;100.8 MHz in Dodoma; 102.5 MHz in Mwanza; and on medium wave 1440 AM and 1323 AM; Sky FM in Dar Es Salaam on 101.4 Mhz; Radio 5 on 105 Mhz in Arusha.


BBC World Service in English will also provide live commentary and updates of the FA Cup Final in its English language programme Sportsworld, which can be heard on FM radio throughout East Africa on BBC relay and partner stations.


World Service broadcasts can also be accessed via WorldSpace digital receivers across Africa on channel 355 in West Africa, channel 356 in East Africa, and on channel 357 in Southern and Eastern Africa.


Notes for Editors:


BBC Swahili brings accurate and up-to-date information to listeners in East and Central Africa.


For text and audio, go to


World Service broadcasts more than 25 hours of programmes a week, specifically for Africa and around the world in 43 languages.


It is available on radio and online and has a global audience of 149 million listeners.


World Service is available globally on short wave; on FM in 144 capital cities; and selected programmes are carried on around 2,000 FM and MW radio stations around the world.


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Category: World Service; Sport

Date: 20.05.2005
Printable version


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