Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, or KBC TV, has reaffirmed its intention to cover the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.

According to KBC Acting Managing Director Samuel Maina, the 12 KBC subsidiary radio stations will cover all 64 games. The organization has secured the rights to the only free-to-air broadcasts, and a total of 28 matches will be shown on TV.

The breakdown of the 28 selected matches to be transmitted live on KBC Television is as follows: "There are 18 matches during the group stages with a focus on the five African teams led by the champions of the Africa Cup of Nations: Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, and Tunisia; 4 matches in the round of 16, 2 quarterfinal matches, the 2 semi-final matches, the 3rd place play-offs, and the championship match," said Maina.


KBC channel one to air all worldcup 2022 matches
KBC Acting Managing Director Samuel Maina. PHOTO | KBC

 A reporting crew will also go to Qatar in order to give Channel 1 viewers back home a sense of the competition.

"In addition to the live matches, KBC will be present off-air as well. We'll send a team to Qatar to record even more thrilling scenes. For our viewers, KBC will additionally bundle appealing World Cup assets on TV and radio, "said Maina.

The group matches are set to take place between November 18 and December 2, the round of 16 games between December 3 and December 6, and the quarterfinals on December 9 and 10. The third-place playoff will take place on December 17, the day before the final, while the semifinals will take place on December 13th and 14th.

Samuel Maina, the KBC's acting managing director, said that KBC TV would air 28 World Cup games, including the final.

The 64 games will be played at a total of 8 venues. Although the cooling systems in the stadiums are designed to lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 °C (36 °F), it is still unknown if they will be effective in the open-air stadiums.

Al Janoub, Al Bayt, Khaliffa International Stadium, Al Thumama, Ahmad Bin Ali, Lusail, Stadium 974, and Education City Stadium are a few of the stadiums on this list.

KBC sent out a warning about how other media outlets were breaking the rules about who could use the exclusive broadcast rights. They said that legal action would be taken against those who did this.

" We would like to draw everyone's attention to the fact that only KBC and no other media outlet in Kenya Territory have the sole right to broadcast the 2022 FIFA World Cup Free to Air (FTA) on TV and Radio. Any person that violates these rights would be subject to legal action, " said Samuel Maina.

Five African sides will compete in the world's biggest football tournament in an effort to win the championship that has evaded the region in the previous 21 iterations. Senegal, Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, and Tunisia will fly the continent's flag. 

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