RFI launches African soccer website
By Issa Sikiti da Silva, DRC
Millions of African soccer fans will from now on log in http://afriquefoot.rfi.fr/, a new website for African soccer launched this week by Radio France Internationale (RFI).
The launch comes only a few weeks away from the kick-off of yet another edition of African Cup of Nations (Afcon) due to take place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January to 8 February 2015.
Afrique Foot will offer a complete monitoring of African competitions, including Afcon, CAF Champions League, CAF Cup and domestic leagues, and provides content on the performance of African teams in international competitions, the management of RFI said this week.
The management also said that internet users can listen on the site to fine programmes such as Global Sports and the daily broadcasts of International Soccer Radio, among others.
Many soccer fans across Francophone Africa are delighted about the new site and have expressed their joy to Biztechafrica.
In the DRC capital Kinshasa, Eric Mbambi said: “I just logged in Afrique Foot and I really like what I found. That’s real, objective information in its best. And the pictures are amazing. I thank RFI for such a wonderful site.”
Yao Germain Kouadio said in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) that the site will help people like him who live in the rural areas without electricity and TV signal to check what is going in the world of African soccer.
“Fortunately mobile phones can help rural people connect to the internet to keep us informed about all the games, results and analysis,” Kouadio said.
Mobile internet has done wonders in Africa, with a recent report predicting that there will be over 635 mobile subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of this year, with the prospect of rising to about 930 million by late 2019.
Africa has an estimated 297.9 million internet users, according to Q2 2014 figures released by Internet World Stats.
RFI, funded by the French government, broadcasts digital content in French to more than 220 million people in former African colonies and the French-speaking world.