Globecast has announced that it has risen to the considerable challenges of this year’s Orange Africa Cup of Nations, EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2015, football tournament, proving a variety of successful contribution and distribution services that helped bring the tournament to screens around the world.
François Persiaux, Head of Global Contribution France, said, “The Orange Africa Cup of Nations, EQUATORIAL GUINEA 2015, presented some very specific – and sizeable – challenges. For instance, the venue was finally switched to Equatorial Guinea as the host country as late as the end of November last year. This presented a massive logistical challenge, one that we rose to.”
Globecast gathered a highly experienced team from its staff and began the process of configuring and shipping seven HD flyaway uplink kits – there was a total of 4.5 tons of equipment – then had to organise local logistics and seven different satellites for contribution and distribution. The situation was made more complex by the fact that the capital of the country – Malabo, to where all the equipment had to be shipped – is a 45-min flight from the mainland. Read More…
Caf took the finals away from Morocco, who had demanded a delay due to their fears over Ebola.
The stadiums in Malabo and Bata were both used as venues when Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the 2012 Nations Cup with Gabon.
However work needs to be done on the grounds in both Ebebeyin and Mongomo.
“The turf for Mongomo and Ebebeyin stadiums is going to be brought by plane from Europe,” one of the supervisors told the BBC.
Work also needs to be done on the stadium structure and other facilities, but all those involved in the preparations are confident the work will be completed in time.
“Time is a big challenge but the good thing is that it’s not new for us to work against time,” said Francisca Obiang Jimenez, the president of the Office of National Projects, who was there supervising the works.
The new highway built to connect Bata and Mongomo.
“We have built almost an entire city, Sipopo, in about two years and we’ve also built a highway.
“Everybody was expecting that that would finish four years from now but we finished it on time, so I don’t think there will be much problem with the stadiums.”
The new highway means you can travel from Bata, on the coast, to Mongomo, located near the eastern border with Gabon, in around two hours. Read More….
Equatorial Guinea has bailed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) out by agreeing to host the 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), a tournament clouded by fear surrounding the Ebola virus.
CAF’s persistence finally paid off. Morocco, fearing the spread of Ebola into its country, relinquished their right to host. As a result, CAF banned them from the finals, and more penalties are surely to come.
Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the competition in 2012 with Gabon. Volunteering to be an emergency host for the 2015 AFCON, however, means that Equatorial Guinea has only two months to prepare.
Having hosted the competition just two years ago suggests the existing infrastructure will require little renovation to bring them to the standard required by CAF. Read More…
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