Good news for football fans after Fiji Football Association and Fijian Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) sealed a three-year deal for the live broadcasting of Digicel Premier League.
Fiji FA President, Rajesh Patel, said it was an exciting time for football in the country.
“As we all know what we going through due to the pandemic and football will be played behind closed doors this is an easy and convenient way to bring football to the comfort of the homes of Fijians,” said Patel.
“Fiji FA and FBC have gone through an exclusive deal where the Digicel Premier League and the three major tournaments will be shown live on pay-per-view channel on the Walesi platform.”
Patel said fans all over the world would also have an opportunity to watch Fijian football.
“This will give all the fans an opportunity to all the fans to enjoy the game of football,”
“To the football-loving fans who support their districts, it’s not Fiji FA is making money but we will give back to the districts as well and the more you support the higher percentage will go back to the districts,” confirmed Patel.
“This will help districts recover their costs as there will be no gate takings but Fiji FA will pay for the venue and will provide transport allowance and whatever we getting from the live coverage, we will give a certain percentage to the districts.
“We will make sure that everyone benefits but the percentage to the districts will be discussed later as we have to see the viewership,” said Patel.
Patel added there would be three types of packages.
“There will be a doubleheader package, single match package and season package,”
“The single match package will cost $6, the doubleheader package will cost $10 and the yearly package is available for $300 for the entire DPL season but the price for overseas viewers will differ,” said Patel.
FBC Chief Executive, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said they were glad to partner with Fiji FA.
“This will also help people keep safe from the pandemic and this is the reason we have decided to bring it live for the fans at the comfort of their homes,”
“The whole premise of this agreement is a fact that you will be home, safe, you won’t be moving around and it will not be costly,” said Sayed-Khaiyum.
He mentioned three matches would be broadcasted live every week.
“Football lovers in Fiji will not need a credit card to pay but they can pay through the best way they can,” said Khaiyum.
The Digicel Premier League 2022 kicks off next weekend with five exciting matches to be played on Sunday.
Labasa FC will meet Nasinu FC at 1pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva while Suva FC will take on defending champions Viti Water Flow Lautoka FC at the same venue at 3pm.
Navua FC will host Moshin’s Insulation Nadroga FC at 3pm at the Uprising Sports Centre.
At Ratu Cakobau Park, Rewa FC will battle Ba FC at 3pm while Nadi FC will take on the newly promoted Tailevu Naitasiri FC at the same time at Prince Charles Park.