Sky Sports to air AFCON games
UK-based sports channel Sky Sports has revealed plans to air all 52 matches from the Africa Cup of Nations tournament live.
The tournament, which was meant to be played in June and July 2021, will now be played in Cameroon between January 9 and February 6, 2022.
Sky Sports director of football Gary Hughes said: “This is excellent news for football fans, who love to watch the best players in the world, including Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez.
“We’re delighted to be adding this fantastic competition to our ever-expanding football offering in the UK and Ireland, which already includes Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and FA Women’s Super League, as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, placing Sky Sports as the home of live football.”
Veron Mosengo-Omba, general secretary of the Egypt-based Confederation of African Football (CAF), added: “It is important for CAF to ensure that the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, being the single-biggest sporting event on African soil, and prime content, is accessible all over the world.
“This event is consumed not only by Africans but enjoys a global audience. In Cameroon next year, we are planning an event bigger and better product that will attract millions of viewers.”
Sky Sports is part of the European pay TV group Sky, which is in turn owned by US cable group Comcast Communications.