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Winners in the Scramble for AFCON Broadcast Rights

SuperSport is among media outlets that will broadcast all 52 matches of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d'Ivoire 2023

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SuperSport is among media outlets that will broadcast all 52 matches of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 (AFCON) live after MultiChoice, its parent company, secured the rights to the continent’s showpiece. The tournament kicks off on 13th January 2024 until 11 February 2024.

MultiChoice reached a commercially viable agreement with rightsholders, New World TV (NWTV), to broadcast the 34th edition of Africa’s premier men’s football competition taking place in Ivory Coast.

The Confédération Africaine de Football (“CAF”) on 10th January 2023 announced the conclusion of extensive global broadcast agreements with TV-Broadcasting Rights Holders from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, North America and the Caribbean ahead of the kick-off of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations (“AFCON”) Côte d’Ivoire 2023.

“We are delighted to  showcase the best of African football live to our viewers,” said Rendani Ramovha, SuperSport CEO. SuperSport matches will be available on DStv as well as GOtv across Africa.

As part of this agreement, Mr Nimonka KOLANI, Managing Director of NWTV, said by securing the rights to CAN 2023 under the leadership of Dr Patrice Motsepe, SuperSport and NWTV prove that “nothing is more important than the happiness of Africans who wish to follow the exploits of their favourite team during the biggest football competition in Africa.”

The global TV-Broadcast partners include Sky (United Kingdom), BBC (United Kingdom), LaLiga+ (Spain), SportItalia (Italy), Sport Digital (Germany & Switzerland), SportTV (Portugal), Viaplay (Nordics) and Band TV (Brazil).

beIN Sport, CANAL+, New World TV and approximately 45 Free To Air broadcasters have also concluded partnership agreements with CAF and this will result in the TotalEnergies AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 being broadcast in approximately 180 countries.

CAF received approximately 6000 Media applications for accreditation to the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 which is an increase of more than 100% from the previous AFCON which took place in Cameroon in 2022.

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The TotalEnergies AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 is expected to be the most competitive as all the prominent and successful African football nations will be competing in Côte d’Ivoire for the prestigious AFCON Cup. Africa made history at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 when Morocco qualified for the semi-finals and African national teams are expected to continue achieving greater heights at future World Cup competitions.

“African football and the TotalEnergies AFCON competition is recognised as being amongst the most competitive and exciting in world football,” said CAF President, Dr Patrice Motsepe. “We are delighted by the extensive global broadcast agreements concluded by CAF with the TV-Broadcasting Rights Holders. Huge investments are being made in youth football, including schools football, professional leagues, training of coaches and referees, as well as the building and upgrading of football infrastructure in Africa.”

The global TV-broadcast agreements that CAF has concluded include:

  1. SKY (UK)
  2. BBC (UK)
  3. BBC Radio (Africa)
  4. Band TV (Brazil)
  5. La Liga+ (Spain)
  6. Ziggo (Netherlands)
  7. Viaplay (Nordics)
  8. Sport Digital (Germany & Switzerland)
  9. Sport Klub (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia)
  10. SportItalia (Italy)
  11. SportTV (Portugal)
  12. Fancode (India)
  13. Saran (Turkey)
  14. Sport 5 (Israel)
  15. A1 (Bulgaria)
  16. Art Motion (Kosovo)
  17. JOYN PLUS 24 (Austria)
  18. Megogo (Ukraine, Poland and Kazakhstan)
  19. RFi (France)
  20. RMC radio (France)
  21. Silknet (Georgia)

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BILL YAURA
BILL YAURA
Bill Yaura is a Correspondent for Business Today. He can be reached on email: [email protected]
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