More than 25,000 Bassonians in District # 1 of Grand Bassa County look forward to watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup since Rep. Hans M. Barchue has assured them a chance to watch the games free.
Rep. Barchue has promised to purchase 12 flat-screen TVs, 17 DSTV sets and 17 generators for the 17 clans in his constituency to enjoy the World Cup.
He made the vow last Friday during a fundraiser on Diahn Blae Community Radio in Grand Bassa County.
Barchue’s disclosure was received with shouts of appreciation as he instructed youth groups in each clan to collaborate with their clan chiefs and district superintendents to identify a spot to install the television and DSTV set between now to the end of April.
“As a representative I like to do what makes my people happy, and I am doing this because I love you and will never stop loving you,” Rep. Barchue said.
If all goes as expected, the district’s17 clans will watch all of the 64 tournament games of the 2014 World Cup which is expected to begin on Thursday, June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match.
A cross section of youths interviewed expressed their thanks and appreciation to Rep. Barchue and revealed that this will be the first ever for a representative to undertake such initiative.
Diahn Blae Community Radio station manager, youthful Moses S.B. Somah, described it as a “worthy project.”
Somah also thanked Deputy Speaker Barchue for his continuous support to the district including the radio station, which has been reopened owing to his immeasurable support.
Sundaygar Wallace said beside the games it will also help them to watch the latest news unfolding around the world.
Meanwhile, 31 countries have advanced through the qualification began since June 2011 to participate with the host, Brazil in the final tournament.
Matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.
Each participating team will receive at least US$8 million. The champions will receive $35 million, while the losing finalists will receive $25 million.
Teams that lose in the round of 16 will receive $9 million, and the quarter-finalists receive $14 million. The clubs in which the players are playing for at the time of their World Cup departure will receive $70 million as a compensation for insurance costs and expenses, which will be distributed through their national associations.
Overall, FIFA will allocate $576 million, a new record, an increase from the $420 million allocated in South Africa.
The 32 qualified countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup are: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States of America, Portugar, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.
The rest are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Netherlands.
Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 finals.