KAMPALA — The FA Cup returns and as we get ever closer to Wembley, StarTimes has confirmed it will broadcast all games on weekend.
African football fans will be able to watch all four matches live on the StarTimes Football Channels. The Chinese broadcaster has secured the broadcasting rights to the prestigious competition.
StarTimes Uganda’s Brand & Marketing director Isma Lule says, the the company is excited to give Ugandans the most convenient and affordable options that enable local families to enjoy the stay-home experience.
“You can link your decoder to your StarTimes ON app on your smartphone and this will enable two other people in your household to connect on their App too and watch other programs on the bouquet. Call 0200117700 in case of any queries.”
Just eight teams remain on the road to Wembley and with a host of big guns having fallen by the wayside there are a number of lesser lights in with a great shout now of making it to Wembley.
That said, Manchester City and United are still in the hunt and they’re the two favourites to lift the FA Cup in July and commentators says, ” we could yet see an all-Manchester final if the draw works out”.
Leicester City is having a remarkable season and are currently sitting third in the league – one place better than Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side whom they welcome to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Chelsea came from behind on the weekend to beat Aston Villa in the league to get off to a winning start after the league resumed, while Leicester were held to a 1-1 draw.
Cup holders Manchester City, who are about to see Liverpool take over their league crown, remain in the hunt to retain the cup, but need to overcome Newcastle away from home in their quarter-final on Sunday.
The final match on Sunday sees Sheffield United at home to Arsenal, who have won the competition more often [13 times] than any other club and share the record for appearances in the final [20 times] with Manchester United.
Both remain on course for a 21st appearance as United are also still involved.
They travel to Norwich, who were rewarded for their stunning shoot-out victory at Spurs in the previous round, with a home tie against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Red Devils.
The Norwegian coach welcomed back Paul Pogba in United’s 1-1 draw at Spurs on the weekend. It was the midfielders’ first game of the year after recovering from an ankle injury.
“Paul’s one of the best players in the world and it’s great to have him back, it’s good to give him minutes. He’s delighted to be back on the pitch, he’s had a nine, ten-month injury nightmare, it’s not been like you’re out for ten months, it’s like he’s almost back. Now finally he’s back playing, I’m sure everyone can see he’s got great hunger for the game.”
The English FA meanwhile, have announced that the final this year will be renamed the Heads Up FA Cup final to raise mental health awareness.
Prince William, who is the president of the FA, said that it was an important step. “[The final can be] a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone. “It’s quite timely bearing in mind what we’ve all been through with this pandemic [Covid-19]. I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health. Hopefully the FA Cup can be a bit of a pivot that people can rally around.”