The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has chosen France-based media solutions provider Globecast for two seasons of satellite distribution for its main competitions.
The multi-year deal includes the rescheduled TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 men’s football championship, which began last month in Cameroon.
Globecast is responsible for providing main and back-up satellite distribution, mainly in Europe and Africa but also occasionally to other regions, providing satellite feeds and supplying a dedicated technical team for control and monitoring in its master control room in Paris, with the redundant feed taking a different route.
The company also provides a commentary booth and fibre links to CAF’s graphics partner when required and creates streams for CAF’s statistics partner and for CAF to ensure correct sponsor content insertion.
Pierre Ramon, project engineer at Globecast, said: “We have a long-established relationship with supplying services for the Africa Cup of Nations, including the highly successful 2019 event.
“The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021 is one of the world’s great sporting occasions and we are delighted to have been selected by CAF to provide a range of services, not only for this event but also the Champions League of CAF TotalEnergies, the Confederation Cup of CAF TotalEnergies and the African Cup of Nations TotalEnergies, Côte d’Ivoire 2023.”
CAF secretary general Veron Mosengo-Omba said: “For CAF to reach the next level, it is important to ensure that we have world-class skills and quality television production is one of the key elements in organising world-class events.”
Ramon added: “We’re proud to once again be involved with African football. As Veron Mosengo-Omba says, quality TV coverage is essential to reach as wider audience as possible to optimise monetisation opportunities. We have years of expertise in this field, including the complex logistics involved with a tournament of this scale,”.