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Football fans embrace digital space

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BY FORTUNE MBELE

THE Chibuku Super Cup first round-robin matches played at the weekend attracted close to 130 000 views online, with local football fans embracing the digital space to quench their football thirst.

Local football resumed at the weekend under strict COVID-19 regulations and the Chibuku Super Cup ties are being played behind closed doors.

Premier Soccer League (PSL) chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele thanked the fans and all stakeholder for heeding their call on the COVID-19 protocols.

“We would like to pay tribute to the government through the Sports and Recreation Commission for making the resumption of football possible and also the fans for staying at home. We will improve on other areas as we move,” he said.

Four television stations, including Heart & Soul TV based at Sakubva Stadium, Mutare, are broadcasting the matches.

The Dynamos and Herentals tie at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday attracted the highest number of views, reaching 34 000, while the Caps United and Yadah FC game got 30 000 eyeballs.

Champions FC Platinum’s game against Premier Soccer League returnees Whawha at Mandava garnered 19 000 views, while back at the National Sports Stadium, the ZPC Kariba and Harare City match attracted 16 000.

Ngezi Platinum Stars and Triangle at Mandava got 14 000 views.

At Barbourfields, both matches played on Saturday (Bulawayo City vs Chicken Inn) and Sunday (Bulawayo Chiefs and Highlanders) each obtained 5 300 views, the same figures with the game at Sakubva pitting Manica Diamonds against Cranborne Bullets. The Black Rhinos and Tenax match at Sakubva on Saturday was not broadcast live.

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