A devastating injury which ruled out Kyah Simon’s World Cup campaign has given the matilda’s star an opportunity to join Optus Sport’s broadcast team for the tournament in Paris.
Kyah will join Jules Breach and Mark Schwarzer at the opening game in Paris, as well as across select shows to provide analysis of the tournament and insight into the Matildas squad.
This includes the Matildas’ opening match against Italy in Valenciennes on Sunday June 9, where Optus Sport will have a massive 90-minute pre-game show from 7.30pm AEST.
“Although I would have loved nothing more than to be running out in the green and gold, for my third World Cup campaign, joining the Optus Sport team to broadcast the Matildas’ journey is the next best thing,” Simon said.
“I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to be able to still be part of France 2019 in a different capacity and can’t wait to be able to support the girls in every way I can.”
Kyah joins an impressive Optus Sport broadcast team of current and former players as well as some of Australia’s best journalists including Heather Garriock, Amy Duggan, Cheryl Salisbury, John Aloisi and Mel McLaughlin.
“Kyah has given an incredible amount to the game across her career and scored some of the most crucial goals in the history of the Matildas,” Executive Producer, Richard Bayliss, said.
“Kyah is a good luck charm for the Matildas at World Cups, so having her there pitchside as Australia plays Italy is hopefully a good omen for their chances.
“Kyah was also a part of the Matildas training camp until her unfortunate injury so will give great insight into how the team is shaping for the tournament.”
Optus Sport will provide comprehensive coverage of all 52 games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and all the action kicks off this Saturday morning (4am AEST).