By BBC World Service
Published August 19, 2013
The BBC Swahili weekend radio programme, BBC Ulimwengu Wa Soka (BBC World of Football), started the English Soccer Premier League season commentary for Kiswahili-speaking audiences across East Africa on August 17, 2013.
Throughout the 2013-2014 season, the BBC Ulimwengu Wa Soka presentersâ€”Salim Kikeke, Charles Hilary, Yves Bucyana and Abdul Mohamedâ€”will bring the latest news from the Premier League and live commentary from 16.30 EAT (17.30 EAT after the end of summer time) every Saturday and Sunday. The BBC Swahili presenters will preview the match and also offer post-match analysis.
The seasonâ€™s first live radio commentary on BBC Ulimwengu Wa Soka on Saturday, August 17, 2013, covered the match between Arsenal and Aston Villa which took place at the Emirates Stadium in London. As usual, the conversation spanned radio, Facebook and Twitter, with fans engaging with the BBC Kiswahili page on Facebook, Salim Kikekeâ€™s Twitter handle @Salym, as well as SMS to +447786202005.
â€œGood football times are here once again: new season, new players, new managers. I’m sure fans want to see the performance of David Moyes at Manchester United and are wondering what Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho will do. There are so many questions, and we are looking forward to starting our commentary on BBC Ulimwengu Wa Soka and sharing the excitement of the new Premier League season with our audiences, wherever they are,â€ Salim Kikeke said of the development a day before the broadcast commenced
The BBC Kiswahili Radio content is available on BBC FM stations and/or partner radio networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo-Kinshasa. Programmes are also available for listening via the website bbcswahili.com which offers up-to-the minute news, features and analysis on East Africa and the rest of the world in text, audio and video.
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