SABC confirm Bafana blackout

2012-01-06 12:56

Johannesburg - South Africa's first international soccer match of the year will no longer be shown live on SA television after kick-off was brought forward by two-and-a-half hours.

Bafana Bafana face Equatorial Guinea at 18:00 SA time in Bata on Friday night in a friendly international that was initially scheduled to start at 20:30.

"We promised to show the game at 20:30," SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said on Friday.

"That was our agreement with SAFA (the SA Football Association) and that was their agreement with Equatorial Guinea. The time of the match has changed and we can no longer show the game live."

SAFA said in a statement on Thursday that the match, a warm-up for the host nation ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament later this month, had been brought forward at the request of Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

"The president of the country... requested that the match be played at an earlier time to accommodate his counterparts from neighbouring countries (Chad and Cameroon) who have been invited to the match so they can be able to fly back to their countries immediately after the clash," SAFA said.

Kganyago said the SABC would show a delayed broadcast of the match at the original kick-off time.

"It is unfortunate that the president of Equatorial Guinea instructed for the game to be played earlier. We will, however, stick to our side of the deal and the match will be shown at 20:30."

The game was initially scheduled for Thursday night in the capital, Malabo, but SAFA said on Monday it had been delayed by one day. The clash would form part of the official opening ceremony of the Nkoantoma Stadium, one of the AFCON venues.

The South African team's preparations for the match were thrown into disarray when they arrived in the country after an eight hour flight to find their accommodation was not ready.

Their first training sessions was expected to be held on Tuesday, after their flight landed, but was pushed back a day while they waited to settle in.

"They could not find rooms at their hotel as they were only expected on the next day," SAFA said in a statement.

"The SA delegation spent the afternoon milling around waiting for their accommodation to be sorted, which was only done late at night."

South Africa did not qualify for the AFCON tournament, and will return home this weekend ahead of unofficial friendly matches against Zambia and Ghana next week.


  • lourens.erasmus2 - 2012-01-06 13:06

    Just give national games to supersport, the argument of giving to sabc so everybody can watch bafana games is stupid because sabc does not show any games played out side SA

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-06 13:22

    Why don't they copy the CSA deal where SABC and SuperSport share the broadcast?

  • spookhuis - 2012-01-06 13:24

    Just for once I agree with the SABC, contracts signed, and a pre-madona president wants the time moved. Piff......the mind bogals

  • kmphasha - 2012-01-06 13:28

    I think the rights must be rebuked, is the anything which SABC is capable of doing right?

  • Chris - 2012-01-06 13:32

    This is no surprise, When last did SABC actually broadcast a Bafana game that wasnt played on home soil... They dont want to spend that money, even though they milk everyone each year for absolute cr@p on tv... SAFA should sign with Supersport!!! Period

  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-01-06 13:45

    Sabc have time and time again showed that they cannot bring international games (of any sport due to scheduling and other factors) yet SuperSport (which obviously is a pay channel that has a very small viewerbase as apposed to the sabc) has shown time and time again that they do have the infrastructure for multiple sports on many channels, in fact if need be i am sure that if one of their channels is not broadcasting anything they can move their broadcasts around. They also can give a broader view of just about any sport on the planet. In fact their pre- and post-match studio interviews are better and actually have people that have played the sport that they had just broadcast and are worth listening to also.

  • Daryn - 2012-01-06 13:47

    Delayed live?? Then everyone wins. And that took me all of 5 seconds to think of, really now!

      Heiku - 2012-01-06 13:49

      everybody? or nobody?

      clintsiren - 2012-01-06 14:28

      If they have already sold advertising then surely it would be more expensive to cancel it all together then to like you said, Show it delayed??!?!?! It shows you what class of idiot makes these decisions.

  • Sam - 2012-01-06 18:56

    i rest my case with sabc just give it to supersport we are gatvol with this jokers

  • Shaun Ngwenya - 2012-01-06 20:42

    Again, SABC is screwing us from behind. When there's a bi competition like World Cup they tell us to be behind the national team. To me this is not showing any support to the national team. They about this long time ago, they could have changed their progrems but they not interested. SAFA needs to give the rights to Super Sports

  • france.bartman - 2012-01-06 23:33

    Again is SABC story I have been waiting that story my brother supersport can sort your problem.we are not kids.

  • kungani.vhuchiloarnold - 2012-01-08 14:22

    the finger that SABC is putting to our ass will hunt them....SABC is capable of nothing their bunch of moron looking for money sis.....

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