Bafana 'blackouts over'

2012-05-15 14:54

Johannesburg - The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Tuesday guaranteed the coverage of national soccer matches for the next three years.

Bafana Bafana, the SA Under-23 national side and Banyana Banyana fixtures will take preference for the next 36 months in the newly signed deal with the SA Football Association (SAFA).

The broadcaster had been criticised for its lacklustre soccer coverage in the past and for giving priority to other television programmes.

"The days of blackouts are over. Not even a tsunami will move it," SABC group chief executive Lulama Mokhobo said at the announcement on Tuesday.

The contract is worth R215m over three years and will cover the teams' home and away friendly matches.

The previous deal between the parties expired in March 2011 and was significantly lower, at an estimated R30m a year.

The terrestrial broadcaster and SAFA had used match-by-match agreements since April last year for national team fixtures while longer terms were being finalised.

SAFA will receive additional coverage through a magazine programme, SAFA TV, in the soon-to-be launched SABC sports channel, planned for October 1.

"We have laid out scheduling for the next 36 months," Mokhobo said.

"Even our advertisers will be happy because they won't second guess whether the SABC schedule will change or not.

"Every single game will be live, and the new digital channel will be quality with better commentators."


  • chiepner - 2012-05-15 15:12

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha - wait for it "Delayed Live" SABC will NEVER get its acto together.

      Sean - 2012-05-16 10:40

      I wonder who got what bonus for organizing the deal ??

  • Charl - 2012-05-15 15:45

    Who cares whether the games are screened or not. I wish that Bafana could play soccer the way they celebrate the odd goal that they manage. I am sure that they spend more time choreographing their dance moves, then their actual tactical moves. If I need a lullaby to rock me to sleep I always make sure not to miss a BOOOORRRRRRRIIIIINNNGGGGG Bafana game.

  • Deon - 2012-05-15 15:50

    This sounds too good to be true.

  • Jerome - 2012-05-15 16:16

    Miracles do happen hopefully

  • Ken - 2012-05-15 17:32

    For a minute I thought the headline meant that white players will now be included in the Bafana Bafana side!!! LOL!!!!!!

  • nksie - 2012-05-15 17:50

    What about cricket and rugby?

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-05-15 21:07

    As if \Banana Banana\ are worth watchin, they are all better off being dancers than footballers, was wondering why none of them got the SAMA award... Bunch of loosers!

  • Samuel - 2012-05-16 08:06

    who cares?sabc will always be sabc it will never change

  • Petrus - 2012-05-17 13:14

    i am not being funny or what but why is it that white people like to criticise?

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