SABC still at loggerheads over Bafana matches


Bafana Bafana’s Afcon match against Nigeria on Saturday¬† will not be aired on television.

SABC and Safa are still at loggerheads over the broadcasting rights for¬† the national teams’ matches.

The South African Football Association has maintained that it’s asking price is R110 million per year, this happens to be 11 times more than the R10 million rand being offered by SABC.

Safa acting CEO Russell Paul said, “It’s been R110m for three years, with no escalation whatsoever, so if you were to escalate that, you would be sitting at figures if R150-million, R160-million.

“We understand the position that the SABC finds itself in from a financial perspective, hence saying we’re quite happy to stick with R110-million that we had in the past.”

Safa will negotiate with other broadcasters both within and outside the country. They say they are open to a game-by-game deal but at the right price.

In addition, SABC has confirmed that they will broadcast away games as those rights are not held by Safa.

Football fans will have no choice but to turn to pay tv to watch the matches this weekend.


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