From May 20 to June 11, 2017, the best young teams from 24 countries will compete in South Korea to win one of the most prestigious FIFA tournaments – the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The tournament has been a platform where major names in soccer including Maradona, Lionel Messi and most recently Paul Pogba have been discovered. World football’s new talents will therefore be eager to make a name for themselves.
(TOP: StarTimes Corporate Sales Manager Edward Wesonga – right; Marion Wangari – centre – and the payTV firm’s PR Manager Alex Mwaura display soccer jerseys from some of the countries taking part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup during the kickoff of the tournament which will see StarTimes broadcast all the 52 matches live between 20th May to 11th of June).
Speaking during the launch ceremony, StarTimes Corporate Sales Manager Edward Wesonga noted that all U-20 World Cup matches will be broadcasted live on StarTimes’ 5 sports channels, including two High Definition (HD) channels.
“All U-20 World Cup will be broadcasted live on StarTimes’ 5 sports channels, including two High Definition channels namely Sports Premium and World Premium. The tournament will be intense, between a host country which wants to prove it belongs to the great nations of football and the favorites France and Argentina, who want to show that they are as good as their seniors,” noted Wesonga.”
Africa is represented by four countries including Zambia, South Africa, Guinea and Senegal with Zambia being one of the favorite for the U-20 World Cup title. In March, Zambia won U-20 Africa Cup of Nations at home after beating Senegal 2:0 highlighting the potential of the African representatives.
Zambia is viewed as one of the best teams the country has had in a long time led by the coach, Benston Chambeshi, with the U-20 team almost the same as it was 2 months ago. Patson Daka, CAF U-20 Best Player, will captain the team, the 18 years old striker having just won UEFA Youth League with Reb Bull Salzburg.
The unlucky finalists of the CAF U-20, Senegal, want to get revenge after failing to win the African title. Senegal has much to prove with the young Lions having finished 4th during the last U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
South Africa, reached CAF semi-finals and will also have a hard time between Uruguay, Italy and Japan but the country’s star player, Luther Singh, is confident the team has a good squad, boasting the best in South Africa and are ready to fight for the country.
Guinea had the honor to open the tournament against the host, South Korea going down 3-0 and will therefore have to surpass themselves if they want to go beyond the group stage alongside England and Argentina. Other African representatives Zambia had a dream start of the tournament with a 2-1 win against Portugal while South Africa went down 2-1 against Japan in weekend fixtures.
StarTimes will broadcast all FIFA tournaments in 2017-2018, including Russia 2018 World Cup. The pay television broadcaster is also the exclusive broadcaster of International Champions Cup tournament for Sub-Saharan Africa.