SuperSport, SAFA seal deal

2013-01-02 13:00

Johannesburg - SuperSport on Wednesday signed a broadcast rights deal with the SA Football Association (SAFA), and will broadcast all home and away friendly matches which Bafana Bafana participate in during 2013.

"The World of Champions is very pleased to add SAFA’s content to our wide array of football and other sport," SuperSport CEO Happy Ntshingila said in a statement.

"This is an extremely significant year for Bafana and we are proud that our subscribers will be able to support our national team through our exclusively live and high-definition broadcasts.”

The agreement includes pay broadcast rights to other Bafana matches that SAFA has jurisdiction over, Banyana Banyana fixtures, men's and women's national age-group teams, and other SAFA content, including development and grassroots soccer.

The deal would commence with the important Bafana AFCON warm-up fixtures to be played against Norway in Cape Town and Algeria in Soweto on January 8 and 12, respectively.

SAFA development agency CEO Robin Petersen said the deal was long overdue.

"We have wished for some time to have our product broadcast by SuperSport, which is a leading and world-class sports broadcaster.

"The revenue derived from this deal will assist SAFA with its development plans and afford substantial further exposure for our brand on the various platforms that SuperSport broadcasts on."


  • lybon1 - 2013-01-02 13:19

    Wonderful news....supersport is liberating us from the sabc.......i like this

  • luccourtiade - 2013-01-02 13:48

    yesss! finally we get to choose the commentary.

  • ayanda.d.sokhela - 2013-01-02 13:51

    They can have them all... Who cares?

  • thabo.khumalo.9469 - 2013-01-02 13:56

    Good news for Safa sad news for poor South Africans who can't afford DSTV

  • osmaseko - 2013-01-02 14:04

    You will hear the out cry as most South Africans don't have DSTV

      zukisani.mkunqwana - 2013-01-03 01:36

      no one said the sabc wont broadcast Bafana matches . they just paid millions fr a 5 year deal remember ? now they will be competing with supersport in terms of broadcast quality etc safa lost some millions last year so this is a way of making sure it doesn't happen again this year, the way i see it . because the last time i checked our national broadcaster had exclusive broadcasting rights to our football national teams' games

  • - 2013-01-02 14:12

    Not that we are worth watching anymore what's happening to the sabc broadcasts? Do they now fall away?

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2013-01-02 14:13

    Sad news for the most affected soccer loving enthusiasts, let's hope SABC will be able to screen those games on a 'delayed live' broadcsat like it usually happens on matches played during the week - 2013-01-02 14:26

      Delayed is at least something but you don't get the same vibe and feeling as watching it live!!! I feel that all national teams should be broadcast on sabc whether its soccer, rugby or cricket. Would be good to unite all south africans through media.

  • zwivhuyamufamadi - 2013-01-02 15:02

    Supersport enjoying raping SABC left and right.

  • cephas.mubuso - 2013-01-02 15:07

    SABC is a let down. does it mean we will not enjoy our soccer on SABC 1 and 2. Proteas match cant be shown live, whats this rubbish? not all can afford DSTV.

  • cephas.mubuso - 2013-01-02 15:08

    What is wrong with SABC we cant even enjoy live cricket!

  • Tawizee - 2013-01-02 15:21

    Great. Watching sport on SABC is like watching on a black and white TV

  • magau.thomas - 2013-01-02 15:48

    Good news for safa to have this deal ihope safa sabc must pull up the socks because generation

  • - 2013-01-02 15:52

    Very soon there will be a corruption probe! How much was it? Who really benefits?

  • SirXOLANI - 2013-01-02 16:05

    It's about time

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-02 16:21

    Is the anything wrong if the psl games can also move out of the low quality not upgraded and selfish channel and be left with their generation.

  • sphelele.nkwanyana - 2013-01-02 16:27

    So what's the point of paying for the TV licence. NO Proteas Games, No Bafana Games... I wonder how much stake does SABC have on SuperSport?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-02 23:49

      We only paying it to watch Bold, Generation and other junk programs. Really pissed off with this article!

  • tshepisot - 2013-01-02 17:43

    Its about freakin time

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-01-02 18:04

    SABC, super let downs to the nation, don't know what these guys at SABC are getting paid for. No initiative and innovations at all.

  • dmvilane - 2013-01-02 18:33

    Supersport will only show friendly games not qualifiers....understand the article before attacking SABC

  • sibusiso.ntshangase.7 - 2013-01-03 07:36

    Good now we can change commentary Dankie Super sport

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