MultiChoice has announced that SuperSport will broadcast all 52 games of the Africa Cup of Nations after securing a last-minute deal with rights-holders New World TV.
Initially, MultiChoice had issued a statement confirming their inability to secure the rights for Africa’s premier football event, sparking widespread outcry across South Africa and the continent.
However, SuperSport has now confirmed that they will broadcast all AFCON games live, having reached an agreement with New World TV.
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“We are delighted to be able to showcase the best of African football live to our viewers,” said Rendani Ramovha, CEO of SuperSport.
The tournament is being held in Ivory Coast, kicking off on 13 January with the host nation facing off against Guinea-Bissau, and running until 11 February.
South Africa are in Group E alongside Mali, neighbours Namibia and Tunisia.
“By securing the rights to CAN 2023 under the leadership of Dr Patrice Motsepe, SuperSport and NWTV prove that nothing is more important than the happiness of Africans who wish to follow the exploits of their favourite team during the biggest football competition in Africa,” said Nimonka Kolani, Managing Director of NWTV.
Bafana’s first match will take place on 16 January against Mali at 22h00 (SA time), before they take on Namibia (21 January, 22h00) and Tunisia (24 January, 19h00).