Nigerians Stunned As SuperSport Airs 2022 FIFA World Cup Matches in Yoruba, Pidgin, Other Languages

Nigerians Stunned As SuperSport Airs 2022 FIFA World Cup Matches in Yoruba, Pidgin, Other Languages

  • Nigerians have taken to social media to laud commentary on the World Cup matches on broadcast station SuperSport
  • All 64 matches of the Mundial in Qatar will be beamed live to African audiences in a number of local languages
  • While a number of football lovers liked the idea of infusing local dialect into the commentaries, others see it as odd

Nigerian football fans were stunned on Monday night, when broadcaster SuperSport aired the USA versus Wales World Cup match in Pidgin English.

History is being made with the global showpiece in Qatar, with African audiences to be treated to the local commentary of matches throughout the tournament.

Local languages available to Nigerian fans are Pidgin English, Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo, and a number of viewers were stunned by how they were delivered.

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Nigerian football fans react to the varied commentary languages of World Cup matches. Photo: Researchgate.
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While it sounded odd to a number of viewers, others expressed delight, describing the idea as ‘innovative’.

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One said:

“Change the commentary to Pidgin. Omo this Pidgin commentary is sweet.”

Another added:

“This pidgin commentator on dstv is very funny, "why you holam when hin no be ur babe"

A fan wrote:

“There's a DStv channel showing the US vs Wales match with pidgin commentary from a woman that sounds like Warri Pikin it'd hilarious.”

An unimpressed fan wrote:

“This pidgin commentary on DSTV is so annoying, sigh.”

A fan added:

“Just change your language setting to Yoruba on DSTV for the Qatar vs Ecuador match. You go too laugh.”

Another wrote:

“There’s also Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa commentary too. When people say they don’t understand what DSTV brings, I hope they remember this.”

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Timothy Weah meanwhile, son of Liberia President George Weah, has become the first child of a former Ballon d'Or winner to score at the World Cup.

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Although his father played for the Liberian national team and is currently president of the West African country, Weah decided to represent America - the country of his birth.