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Why Bafana game will not be on TV

2015-03-25 16:20
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The friendly international between Swaziland and Bafana Bafana will not be televised in South Africa contrary to earlier reports.

Wednesday evening's match will mark the return of Itumeleng Khune to the national team, and into the starting line-up, while coach Shakes Mashaba has opted to give several new faces in the squad a run out against their opponents, who are ranked 163rd in the world.

Earlier on Wednesday, there were contradicting reports in South African media. reported that the match would not be televised, before a later report, by Soccer-Laduma, indicated that the match from the Somhlolo National Stadium would be broadcast by the SABC.

Sport24 is in possession of email correspondence, provided by SAFA's head of communications Dominic Chimhavi, between Swaziland TV and the SABC, who hold the rights to broadcast the national teams matches until the end of March 2015.

According to Swaziland TV, the local broadcasters for the match, "does not have the capacity to provide a quality acceptable satellite feed" for the international friendly.

It is understood that talks regarding the issues surrounding the broadcast of the match were held between the CEO of the National Football Association of Swaziland and SAFA. The outcome of those talks is unknown but it would appear that no agreement could be reached between the two football bodies.

Bafana Bafana vs Swaziland kicks off at 19:00.

Bafana Bafana starting XI: Itumeleng Khune (GK), Thapelo Morena, Thabo Matlaba, Thulani Hlatshwayo (c), Daniel Cardoso, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Cole Alexander, Thulani Serero, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Ayanda Patosi, Thabo Mnyamane

Substitutes: Jackson Mabokgwane, Siyabonga Nhlapho, Sibusiso Khumalo, Rivaldo Coetzee, Andile Jali, Jabulani Shongwe, Mandla Masango, Tokelo Rantie, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bongani Zungu, Siphelele Ntshangase, Lebogang Phiri

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