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. 


  • Thunukenenxe - 2011-06-20 14:51

    Same old excuse, sabc is simple not good enough.

      TheOtherGuy - 2011-06-24 19:06

      If you spent more time reading and actually understanding the issue you wouldn't make such statements, please read the article again.

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-06-20 14:56

    Its a circus going on at CAF... The SABC must not satisfy their thirst for more corruption... Don't buy the rights at all... Who cares about CAF anyway...?

  • Thabiso Muzi Radebe - 2011-06-20 14:59

    start the negotiations dont come up with excuses here, we want to see our boys when they give niger a beating so bad

      cmtha - 2011-06-21 08:52

      dont you understand that Sportsfive do not want to negotiate early????

  • LemonParty - 2011-06-20 15:01

    Its only soccer, its for sissies anyway. Rugby is a real mans sport

      Andrew - 2011-06-20 15:24

      lemonhead, you sound like a typical Blue Calves supporter. (no longer Bulls, as all the players with horns are busy packing their bags for Europe)

      LemonParty - 2011-06-20 15:43

      Youre a funny oke Andrew, at least they are a dedicated bunch, rather than the lame wussies in the Bafana camp

      Justin Schon - 2011-06-20 16:10

      haha dedicate and fleeing a dying team!

      TheOtherGuy - 2011-06-24 19:17

      Part of me doesn't even wanna comment because I think you're just trying be controversial. Yes, you are being controversial, you just want attention, for some reason that may stem from a childhood event, or maybe you r a child who just knows how post comments on news sites.

  • kolobe - 2011-06-20 15:06

    CAF are a bunch of idiots. why did they sell all the rights to the french SportFive? how does selling these rights to SportFive empower africa?looks like they are still controlled by their imperialists

      hardloop - 2011-06-21 18:08

      No. They are controlled by their hunger for money. It's called capitalism.

  • PSquare - 2011-06-20 15:07

    Actually, if they can't afford it they must give it to someone who can - DSTV

      cmtha - 2011-06-21 08:52

      can they really afford to waste their money???

      TheOtherGuy - 2011-06-24 19:19

      Where ever you take it, its a waste of money

  • Gift - 2011-06-20 15:08

    Unless my English is poor, it clearly states here that SportFive waits untill the very last moment to negotiate with the different sports bodies. Now how the hell is the SABC supposed to negotiate with absent people. People stop blaming SABC when the blame lies else where. Thunukenenxe and Thabiso come on now read the whole article. Nxaaa

      Tolerant - 2011-06-20 15:20

      Why did SABC allowed another game (first leg) to be free to them? Now SABC might look stupid again.

      Thunukenenxe - 2011-06-20 15:24

      I know sabc will alwalys cum with excuses, they also have rights for a home game against sierra leone. They should use that opportunity to recover their money. If they can't, then safa should try supersport n forget about this incompetent sabc. Remember they failed the country 4 making the same excuses when we were playing at sierra leone, the game was not broadcasted.Nxaaaaa get ur facts straight wena slima

      sosm1 - 2011-06-20 16:03

      @Gift, there's no proof that SportFive waits until the very last moment to negotiate as SABC claims. It could be very well that they(SABC) wait the very last moment to negotiate...this is a national broadcaster that is being run by people who can't manage, and I wish the broadcasting rights could be taken to the other broadcasters that will be less on yada yada & give us more game time.

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-06-20 15:22

    Wouldn't pay 5 cents to watch this lot

      AjaxFiko - 2011-06-21 10:30

      That's why your ignorant behind is dead. nxa!

  • silverflash - 2011-06-20 15:39

    I agree with Sabc lets boycott thw game , The only losers will be SportFive

      Mzansisoka - 2011-06-20 16:02

      I agree... Stop buying these rights from Sport5 and let's see if they will still get this ridiculous. A french company running holding African soccer rights? stupid indeed!

      Mike-Dollar - 2011-06-20 16:10

      Sportfive does not depend on SABC for making money, SABC depends on others my friend. Showing of any sports code is money my friend. SABC can only show only South African Soccer national teams fro free on home soil. Even SABC does pay SAFA for those matshes. WAke-up my friend. From Dollar

      d54 - 2011-06-20 16:20

      Remember the old "bad" days when we were all glued to a shortwave radio broadcast of a game. I'm pretty sure there will be some non local radio station out there broadcasting the game as not a lot of people in the rural areas of central Africa have tv's. Good luck silverflash, hope you find one with a language you understand.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-20 16:03

    Idiots !!! Why did they allow Niger to broadcast FOC..?!!!

  • Justin Schon - 2011-06-20 16:09

    Yes don't have to show the game, replay that french game from SWC!!

  • Justin Schon - 2011-06-20 16:16

    I don't think SABC were aware of CAF selling the rights to SportFive before we aired the first leg free. I think it was a good gesture from SABC. But Sportfive is competitive and need money to produce good TV shows and sports commentary.

      Mxhuma - 2011-06-20 17:36

      The whole continent of Africa has rights t oits football held by a French company. Why? Prez Malema, what do you think?

      muzi.xulu1 - 2011-06-22 10:13

      But my question is, is CAF really African or still lenient on imperialism. On each an every good thing that Africa is trying to do, Imperialists are always an obstacle. Its so disgusting. Why does CAF choose to sell broadcasting rights to a French Broadcaster Sport.five over the likes of Super sport, SABC and other African sport channels. We might miss the match (BAFANA BAFANA vs Niger).

  • Albo - 2011-06-21 09:32

    "They will not negotiate until the very last minute. They wait until things get desperate and then demand exorbitant amounts." - I`m confused, are they talking about the SABC here or Sport5?

  • Khanya.McCutha - 2011-06-23 12:31

    I don`t care how you do it (SABC), the game has to be broacasted...... Money is there, that we all know!

  • TheOtherGuy - 2011-06-24 19:01

    Why would caf sell the rights to broadcast African football to a french company that does things in its own interests and doesn't care if we africans even get to watch the match? Trust no european tournament would have rights sold to an african media house...yerrr.

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