SABC loses renowned commentator


According to sources from within the national broadcaster, Dell’Oca has decided to call time on his stay in Auckland Park after more than 15 years of service as a prominent sports commentator and radio presenter.

The seasoned narrator, who is globally recognised as one of the voices behind Olympic Games broadcasts as well as that spectacular Siphiwe Tshabalala goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is said to have officially cut ties with the SABC two weeks ago.

Above: Duane Dell'Oca in commentary at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Dell’Oca is widely known as part of the English commentary team during Bafana Bafana fixtures, which have since been withdrawn from the national broadcaster due to contractual disputes with SAFA, and regularly covered television and radio commentary of PSL fixtures.

He also hosted a bi-weekly football talk show on SA FM, prior to the arrival of current host Thabiso Mosia, and previously served as a pundit on weekly football review show Soccerzone.

Attempts to reach Dell’Oca for further comment proved unsuccessful as he is understood to be abroad after recently working in commentary at the African Unions Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 games in Botswana.

Above: Dell'Oca during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's football final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium.