AFCON 2021 QUALIFIER: TV blackout for Bafana v Ghana game?

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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Ghana could still be televised despite no official confirmation.

The match will take place on Thursday and kick-off is at 19:00 (GH time) and 21:00 (SA time)

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and SuperSport have not acquired the viewing rights to official CAF matches.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) chief executive, Gay Mokoena, says ongoing talks between broadcasters are taking place in order for the much-anticipated fixture to be televised in South Africa.

“It is still a work in progress. CAF is handling it. I spoke to the SABC today and they are also working on something,” Mokoena said, as quoted by The South African.

“I am aware that CAF are speaking directly to SuperSport outside of the agreement with Lagardere.

“As we stand now, nobody is confirmed (to show the game), but I know the SABC is working hard, and SuperSport are working hard.

“We are trying our level best to make sure people get to watch the game.”

SuperSport has already released a statement confirming that the match will not be televised.

According to reports, the SABC is the nation’s best bet to get the viewing rights to the encounter.

“We are in a difficult position where we cannot broadcast the CAF games when we don’t have a firm contractual arrangement in place,” said Joe Heshu‚ MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs.

“SuperSport had previously acquired these broadcast rights from Lagardere.”

Along with South Africa and Ghana in Group C are Sudan and the lowly ranked Sao Tome and Principe.

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The top two teams from the group will qualify for the tournament in Cameroon.

– Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien

Source: sport24.co.za

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