Cinema brings World Cup closer to Ghanaian soccer fans

08:47, June 22, 2010      

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Ghanaian soccer fans who could not fly to South Africa to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup physically have been making do with watching the matches on giant screens at a cinema here.

The Silverbird Cinema, a private movie theatre, provided the fans with free Vuvuzella, a long plastic blowing horn that produces a loud distinctive noise, and branded soccer paraphernalia as souvenirs and, with ecstasy, they watched their favourite teams roll and kick the rotund leather.

In addition to the fun soccer lovers enjoyed was the opportunity to enter one's inspirational message to motivate the Black Stars, nickname of Ghana national football team, in the voluminous goodwill message book provided and displayed by Happy 98.9 FM, a local radio station at the Silverbird foyer.

Silverbird general manager Albert Mensah told Xinhua on Monday that the cinema was very delighted to see so many people in their cinema halls watching the matches.

"Silverbird is committed to providing total entertainment to its clientele and sports forms a major component of our premium entertainment package. Ghanaians love football and we are happy to offer them an opportunity to enjoy the biggest soccer event in the world happening in Africa for the first time," he said.

Management of the cinema promised that all fans would have the opportunity to watch the rest of the world cup matches at Silverbird till the end of the tournament.

The match between Ghana and Germany was the next big match every Ghanaian was looking forward to and many fans said they would surely go and watch the match at Silverbird.

"This is the place to be. It feels like being at the stadium in South Africa," Timothy Karikari, an ardent soccer fan from the University of Ghana, told Xinhua.

"Those giant Silverbird screens make all the difference. Watching and cheering the Stars with so many other people is so much fun. I tell you one thing, SA 2010 is best experienced at Silverbird. Come and join the fun and cheer the Stars to victory".

The Ghanaian government has sponsored some 1,500 football fans to South Africa to support the Black Stars but left some 500 others behind due to finance constraints.


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