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CAF, Globecast in satellite distribution deal

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,”.

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Sky Sports to air AFCON games

Africa Cup of Nations

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.

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