Breaking News: Let the games begin…

__Three days to go! 

We have now managed to make arrangements for “Kwesé Free Sports” (KFS) to broadcast 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ in virtually every single country in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are either broadcasting directly or through a local Free-To-Air broadcaster. (Whenever you watch the Kwesé broadcasts, look for the logo “KFS” at the top of your screen).

This is the first time in history that one company has broadcast the FIFA World Cup across Africa for FREE! We will broadcast 32 matches for free including the Final. We are expecting to reach audiences of more than 300m for some of the matches, the largest sports audience in Africa, ever!

Our other channel, KS1, which is available on Kwesé TV, the Set Top Box will show all 64 games. If you haven’t ordered your Kwesé decoder yet you can go to and find out how:

Here you can watch the action 24/7 on the Kwesé FIFA World Cup™ (Channel 300).

And there is even more… TV revolution is in the making!

Kwesé iflix, our mobile sports and entertainment content app, is being rolled out to ensure that in most countries you will be able to use your smartphone to follow the games LIVE.

We are expecting more than 10m people to download this App in some countries!

__Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania will all be live this week. If you are in one of these countries, check it out by downloading here: We have exciting contests coming up to go to watch the games in Moscow. Check out Afterthought 1 and below for specific download details.

Other operators are scrambling to get their systems integrated to Kwesé iflix. You will have to download and keep checking to see when they are active. You must also check which operator is offering special bundles at lower costs.

You will be able to stream 32 games free on Kwesé iflix (to access all 64 games, there are flexible passes). Remember you’ll still have to buy data from your local provider. We have no control of this aspect. In Zimbabwe (for instance) where we have a very large data network, the data bundles will be free in most instances for access to certain games. This is something you must check carefully.

It is also the first time in history that a dedicated team of sports journalists from Africa will be at the tournament to provide in-depth coverage of the progress of African teams!

This is one of the toughest assignments I have ever had to do. Your support whilst we built this business has been invaluable to us. We have a lot of work to do still.

We have been waiting for this for a long time and now it is here! The Opening Ceremony starts on Thursday 14 June at 2:45 pm CAT, with the first game between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia two hours later…

Let the games begin! Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt… and Brazil, are the African countries we are following!

To be continued. . .

Please note: the Kwesé iflix App is only available in these markets so far: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania. You won’t be able to see it yet till it’s added to your country.

If you are an Android user, you can search for Kwesé iflix and the Kwesé iflix App comes up. If you are an iOS user, you have to search for Kwesé iflix in the App store.

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

9 thoughts on “Breaking News: Let the games begin…

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.

    We will be giving away last minute tickets to Moscow, including accommodation, through upcoming quizzes. I will release details later. To be able to participate, you will need to download the iflix App right away and wait for further details.

    Please note: the App is only available in these markets so far: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania. You won’t be able to see it yet till it’s added to your country.

    If you are an Android user, you can search for iflix and the iflix App comes up. If you are an iOS user, you have to search for iflix in the App store.

  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 3.

    The biggest sports website in Africa is now I will be following most of the games and results on this platform. Some of my quizzes will come from this platform. Tickets to Russia for you and a friend! Download now if you have never used it and prepare yourself for my questions!

  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Jack Akello writes,

    Haha, I like that part…. Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt…and Brazil, are the African countries we are following!

    Am for team Germany

    My reply,
    53% of Brazil’s population identify themselves as having “black African ancestry”. This qualifies them as an “African diaspora country”!

  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Timothy writes,

    What about Mozambique your next door to your home country

    My reply,
    Kwese Free Sports (“KFS”) is available through our broadcaster partner your national broadcaster.


  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    When all the African teams were knocked out in 1998, I defaulted to France as my “African team” because they had 9 players of African descent. This is after they beat my African team Brazil.
    I recently met Thierry Henry and we chatted about it and we had a lot of fun!

    Last week I travelled with my friend Didier Drogba. He is really a great African. So passionate about Africa. We had a lot of fun. We agreed to do a Townhall together sometime this year!

  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Today I did a TownHall meeting at Oxford University. We did not have time to stream it on Facebook but we will put it on the platform after the World Cup.
    Tomorrow I’m in Canada as a Keynote Speaker.
    At the weekend I flew straight to Oslo from Ethiopia. I participated in the Jury Panel to select the 2018 Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Of The Year. This is a $2m prize to an organization which is involved in humanitarian work. I’m not allowed to tell you who won, you have to wait until October.
    In order to have stamina, you must look after yourself. Exercise regularly, and get a check up!

  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    KFS coverage!
    39 of the 42 African countries [in our license area] will be showing FREE live games on Kwese Free Sports Channel.
    We do not cover North Africa because of FIFA rules.

    Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Central African Republic (CAR) are the only three countries where we are unable to provide a feed. This means only citizens who can afford to watch through PayTv will enjoy the what others are enjoying right across Africa.
    It is up to the citizens in these countries to lobby their national broadcaster to find out why they declined to broadcast the games which are only available for FREE from us. Why protect the interests of expensive Pay TV operators?!

    I recently visited the Kwese TV Broadcasting facility in SA. The excitement was so infectious!
    Well done guys. Africa is proud of you.

  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Julius writes,

    Dr Strive we have been trying to get hold of your office to invite you to be our Special Guest during the Global Expo Botswana Investment and Trade Conference in October 2018, without any success Sir. We really need you in Gaborone on 30th October 2018. I hope we will get an address where we can courier the invitation.

    My reply,
    A lot depends on existing commitments.
    My team will look at it, and see what is possible.
    I do want to come to Botswana at some point this year.


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