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.
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.”