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CAF’s Motsepe to ‘fix’ TV rights saga

The newly elected president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, has revealed he aims to prioritise fixing the TV rights saga that has affected the finances of the football governing body over the years.

Patrice Motsepe

According to South Africa newspaper The Sowetan, CAF’s cancellation of its media and marketing rights agreement with French company Lagardere Sports & Entertainment in 2019 prevented several TV stations, like SuperSport, from airing top matches including Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Champions League and Confederation Cup matches.

Promising to sort out the situation, he said: “We spend too much money in Africa watching European football. We must get more revenue from selling [our own] TV rights. In SA, huge money is spent for people to watch European football, and it is wonderful. But we want them to spend huge money for African football.

“I’m absolutely confident over the next years, African football will improve in all areas and become globally competitive and self-sustaining.”

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StarTimes, CAF in Total CHAN deal

Digital television operator StarTimes has signed a deal with the Confederation of African Football (CAF)  to broadcast the ongoing Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) from this week until February 7.

Constant Omari

The deal gives StarTimes the right to broadcast all 32 matches of the competition in sub-Saharan Africa with the operating licence issued by CAF.

The collaboration between CAF and StarTimes is the first of its kind between the two, with the ambition of offering African football fans wider access to one of CAF’s most important competitions.

CAF interim president Constant Omari said: “We are delighted with this alliance with StarTimes, an internationally recognised group in the field of football broadcasting, which enhances one of our most beautiful events and brings together more and more of the public. Through this new partnership with a key player, we are expanding the audience of Total CHAN to make it an essential destination for football fans in Africa.”

Lily Meng, general manager of StarTimes media division, added: “StarTimes is committed to promoting African football. This partnership with CAF marks a milestone for us. Working together with CAF to broadcast Total CHAN, StarTimes is now able to bring football fans throughout the continent closer to their favourite teams and players.”

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SuperSport to cease airing CAF matches

MultiChoice Group’s SuperSport has revealed it will stop broadcasting Confederation of African Football (CAF) content until further notice.

The pay TV channel will not be able to air the AFCON under-23 championship and qualifiers, which are meant to kick off this weekend, after the agreement between the CAF and France-based media group Lagardère Sports was terminated.

Joe Heshu, MultiChoice’s executive for corporate affairs, said: “SuperSport is in a difficult position where it cannot broadcast the CAF games without a firm contract in place. SuperSport had previously bought these broadcast rights from Lagardère.”

CAF scrapped a US$1bn TV and marketing rights deal with Lagardère Sports after a Cairo court ruled that the agreement violated Egyptian competition rules because Lagardère was chosen as CAF’s exclusive agent for rights for an uninterrupted 20-year period without an open tender.

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