Broadcasting drama unfolds ahead of AFCON 2023 kickoff

FOOTBALL Broadcasting drama unfolds ahead of AFCON 2023 kickoff

Festus Chuma 17:32 - 03.01.2024

Major broadcaster pulls out of AFCON 2023 coverage, leaving African football fans searching for alternative ways to watch the tournament.

Renowned satellite TV service provider SuperSport has officially announced that it will not be broadcasting the highly anticipated Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament.

This announcement has left millions of football fans across Kenya in a state of disappointment, as they scramble to find alternative ways to watch one of the continent's biggest footballing events.

Multichoice, the parent company of DStv, confirmed this development in a statement issued on Wednesday.

According to the statement, SuperSport TV failed to secure the broadcasting rights for AFCON 2023, which is scheduled to take place from January 13th to February 11th, 2024.

"SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 because the channel has not secured the rights to broadcast the tournament," the statement explicitly stated.

While this news is undoubtedly disheartening for football enthusiasts, there is a glimmer of hope.

Multichoice also revealed that AFCON 2023 games will still be available to viewers through partner broadcast stations on Free to Air (FTA) channels.

This means that football fans can continue to enjoy the thrilling matches, albeit through alternative means.

In their statement, Multichoice emphasized their commitment to ensuring that football fans have access to unparalleled entertainment and football games on their DStv and GOtv platforms, reassuring their customers that they remain dedicated to providing top-quality sports content.

The AFCON 2023 tournament promises to be an exciting affair, with 24 teams set to participate in over sixty games.

However, the absence of SuperSport TV from the broadcasting lineup has raised questions about how fans in certain regions will access the matches.

It has been revealed that New World TV, a Togo-based pan-African broadcaster, holds the broadcasting rights for Sub-Saharan territories.

These territories encompass Eastern Africa, including countries like Kenya and Uganda, the entire CECAFA region, West Africa, South Africa, and Central Africa.

SuperSport TV, which previously held the rights, needed to obtain a sub-license from New World TV to broadcast the tournament in these regions.

Furthermore, FTA stations in the 46 countries, including Kenya, that intend to broadcast AFCON will also need to secure sub-licenses from the Togo-based television broadcaster, New World TV.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has regained control of the broadcast rights for North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) by partnering with Qatari broadcasters beIN Sports.

The 34th edition of the CAF AFCON is set to kick off on January 13th in Ivory Coast, with 24 nations competing for the prestigious title.

Despite the broadcasting challenges posed by SuperSport's withdrawal, football fans are eagerly anticipating the fierce competition, unforgettable moments, and thrilling matches that AFCON always delivers. 

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