SABC negotiates for Bafana Bafana TV rights
Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 1:11 pm
The South African Broadcasting Authority (SABC) reveals to KickOff.com that negotiations for the broadcast rights for the match between Bafana Bafana and Niger on September 4 are "going well".
A win for Bafana in Niamey will guarantee Pitso Mosimane's boys a place in next year's Africa Cup of Nations tournament to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. In June, the SABC secured the rights to broadcast South Africa's away match to Egypt in the eleventh hour and reportedly had to fork out R5 million. Later on reports in the same month claimed that the SABC had allowed a Niger national broadcaster to air the game at the Mbombela Stadium – a 2-0 win for Bafana - for free in November last year with a view to some reciprocation for the return leg in Niamey, but CAF has since sold the rights to SportFive and this company has seemingly made life difficult for the SABC. However, the SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago is confident of the public broadcaster securing the rights "soon". "We have started negotiations and so far so good. We will then have to finalise soon, but so far it looks promising," he says.