Bafana Bafana

Bafana clash will cost SABC

2011-06-20 14:46
Johannesburg - The SABC will need to fight for the right to broadcast Bafana Bafana's African Nations Cup qualifer against Niger in September.

The clash, scheduled for September 3 as South Africa seek three points to take them into the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year, could suffer the same fate as the Egypt clash.

The match in Cairo earlier this month was expensive for the SABC, who had to fork out R5 million to French rights holders SportFive to broadcast the match.

The SABC had allowed the Niger national broadcaster to air the game free of charge during the first leg in South Africa with the view to some reciprocation for the upcoming match.

However, after CAF sold all the broadcast rights to SportFive, it seems the SABC will need to get out their cheque book once again if any of us want to watch the game.

"There are many challenges when dealing with SportFive," SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told Times Live.

"They will not negotiate until the very last minute. They wait until things get desperate and then demand exorbitant amounts.

"If you agree, you are setting a precedent and we just have to take the negotiations on a game-to-game basis.

"If we say no, there's huge public outcry and people do not understand that we have to stretch the budget, which we cannot justify.

"It would be great if SAFA could either help financially or by negotiating with their counterparts or with CAF."

Kganyago also added that he did not expect any problems with broadcast rights for the African Nations Cup finals as the negotiating process is different and done on a package basis. 

Read more on:    safa  |  sabc  |  bafana


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.