Introducing football fans in Africa to Jesus
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Planet Sport Football Africa is a weekly, 30-minute programme for football fans in and from Africa. The programme features news about African football and African players around the world. It is broadcast on over 50 stations in 14 African countries including Kenya, Malawi, Sierra Leone and the Gambia.
One way the programme introduces football fans to Jesus is through testimonies from players, such as Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo (left) formerly of Watford and currently on loan at Manchester United from Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. “Without God I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said. “In everything I do, I give glory back to God. I’ll never share the glory.” [Photo: Tom Ellis]
It costs just £23 to produce Planet Sport Football Africa for each of the 50 radio stations that broadcasts the programme every week. This includes support costs for the Planet Sport Football Africa website and social media, provision of the free apps for smartphones and managing our audience relations.
Please make a donation today and help reach football fans in Africa with the Good News of Jesus.
“I’m a very big fan of Planet Sport Football Africa, you are doing such a great job.” Musa, The Gambia
Since July 2013 the show has attracted nearly 50,000 downloads. You can catch up with past episodes here.
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Saidou from The Gambia says: “Last Friday’s edition was definitely a marvellous one. Thanks for all you are doing.”
Football is hugely popular across Africa, providing us with a great platform from which to engage with football fans and, sensitively and appropriately, introduce them to Jesus and the Christian faith. The programmes feature testimonies of Christian footballers and discuss issues unique to Africa such as juju and superstition in football.
"Hi there, I’m Steve Vickers the producer of Planet Sport Football Africa.
Well I’m involved in the show as it gives an opportunity to introduce football fans to Jesus through the sport. Football is huge across most of Africa so it gives an opportunity to engage listeners, to give them a show with content that they love to hear and also to bring in issues of faith that take us beyond just sport. It’s been an adventure for the past two-and-a-half years or so and it’s exciting to see the show growing."
"My name is Solomon Izang Ashoms. I am originally from Nigeria.
I have been based in South Africa now and I’ve been involved for Passion for Sport as a reporter, an analyst covering the Olympic Games, the soccer World Cups and other great championships across the world. For me it is important to be involved with Passion for Sport because it is really a great way to introduce football fans to Jesus and I feel football is just a great way to be able to do that - to be able to talk about the character of Jesus, to be able to talk about the attributes of Jesus, to talk about Christian values, to talk about Christian principles and I feel it’s just important especially here across the continent of Africa."
By making a donation today you will be enabling football fans to listen week by week to this innovative and creative football programme designed to introduce its listeners to Jesus.