TV blackout for Bafana

2011-09-02 16:15

Johannesburg - Unless there is a drastic late decision made on the eve of the match, South Africans will not be able to watch Bafana Bafana play Niger in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Niamey on Sunday.

When Bafana boarded a chartered flight destined for the West African state on Friday afternoon, the SA Broadcast Corporation (SABC) had still not moved from a statement released on Thursday, in which they announced that they could not reach an agreement with broadcast rights holders Sport Five.

Sport Five, the broadcast rights holder, demanded R5 million from the SABC to show the game -- a figure that was deemed too high and above the market rate by the national broadcaster.

"Unfortunately nothing has changed, it is still the same situation as yesterday," said SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.

This will be the second blackout in Bafana's qualification campaign, with the side's 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone also not shown in October.

Sport Five, a French-based company, is the marketing and media rights holder of matches organised by the Confederation of African Football, the continental soccer body.

It's also impossible for the national broadcaster to enter into any sort of negotiations with a local broadcaster in Niger in order to obtain a feed.

"In previous times we would have been able to obtain feed but it doesn't work that way anymore because all rights belong to Sport Five," Kganyago said.

Sport Five vice-president Iddriss Akki told The Star newspaper the company was not willing to negotiate the fee on the eve of the match, but was confident it would "do a deal with a South African broadcaster".

Pay television broadcaster SuperSport said it would not enter the fray at the 11th hour.

"We have not even tried, with all respect to SABC, being the rights holders for Bafana matches," said Brandon Foot, the head of SuperSport's legal and acquisitions department.


  • ZumaGabe - 2011-09-02 16:44

    Akki vattie kakki

  • witboy - 2011-09-02 16:45

    if we cannot see them for free then they should not play

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-02 16:46

    Not missing much,only another slip in world rankings

  • Mulondo - 2011-09-02 16:53

    SABC thank you very much...schmucks!!!

      mpho30 - 2011-09-03 20:40

      This time I am with SABC, As much as I would love to see the game and support the boys every step of the way, I understand their reluctance to pay more than triple what other countries's the principle. If they cave and pay now, that will set the precedence these greedy licencing rights holders treat us even during the Afcon..I hope the SABC are as stubborn as I am and not cave to the demanded fee.

  • LBS - 2011-09-02 16:58

    OMG, another riot on our hands!

  • tyron barnard - 2011-09-02 16:58

    Useless SABC. Here we are about to qualify for the AFCON and you take it away from us!

      Sandile - 2011-09-03 12:02

      it is the most useless organisation ever

      Dr.Ntsele - 2011-09-03 18:49

      well but i understand why SABC won't show the game guys... this is just too expensive for a 90 minutes game (R5 000 000) --- no that's just too much peepo

  • immelmap - 2011-09-02 17:10

    Maybe a blessing in disguise

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-02 17:25

    The SABC can't poop right without someone holding their hand, I'm not surprised at all

  • Cynical_BStd - 2011-09-02 17:32

    Maybe the sabc bord and execs should give up their SABC sponsored IPads, home entertainment centers, DStv subs,etc

  • Bookworm - 2011-09-02 18:02

    I wonder why we pay a tv licence? Well, some of us anyway. I dont give a hoot about the money and political agendas, what about us poor smucks who LOVE SOCCER and are crying our eyes out because we wont see our heros give Niger a damn good hiding? We are flying up the ranks. Go bafana go..............

  • Jan - 2011-09-02 18:21

    hamba SABC and SAFA what is this come on

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-09-02 20:15

    The rights are owned by a French company, Sports Five. Reminds of the Bafana name being owned by a businessman in Jo'burg. How much did SAFA pay? Methinks R5m is reasonable for this game. How much is the SABC willing to pay in Euros?

  • Helper - 2011-09-02 21:36

    SABC will stop @ nothing to disapoint the citizens, its about time SAFA takes the broadcasting rights of the national teams to the world of champions- supersport. hopefully we have the BB v NIGER game televised.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-03 04:46

    am I missing something???? I thought is was a blackout already?

  • nkhadi - 2011-09-03 11:08

    another stupid excuse. sabc fire all board members.

  • Jan - 2011-09-03 16:22


  • tlaksbanda - 2011-09-03 17:16

    Strange that the SABC does not have the money. How wasteful they can be sometimes! If one consider those Programmes where they (SABC) use 2 to 3 presenters. To name but a few - Yo-TV, Live, Jika-Majika, Morning / Weekend Live, Real Goboza, Roots, Yilungelo Lakho, Speak Out, Shift, Selimathunzi, Jam Alley, etc. Why? Now they are at the brink of retrenching their staff! Is this how to utilize the tax payers money? Please Mr Kganyago, get your Priorities right.

  • HagenDan - 2011-09-03 18:51

    a.) CAF should never have sold the rights to an outside broadcaster like this. It's ridiculous. b.) SABC should bloody well cough up the cash, unless they're concerned about their bonuses? This isn't some random friendly, it's a very important match! c.) SHAPA BAFANA SHAPA!!!!!!!

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