The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the South African Football Association (SAFA) have announced that they have reached a four (4) year agreement on the broadcast rights of SAFA matches and events.
The agreement will annually cover:
- 6 Bafana Bafana matches (3 home AFCON qualifiers; 2 international friendlies and the Nelson Mandela Challenge);
- 5 Banyana Banyana home friendly matches, inclusive of the Winnie Mandela Challenge;
- Domestic competitions including the U/19 Women’s National Championship Final, Burger King U/20 National Championships Final, U/23 Men’s National Championships Finals, ABC Motsepe National Play Offs Final, KAY Motsepe Schools Final, Futsal and Beach Football National Championships FINALS as well as the SASOL Women’s League Finals and various SAFA National Women’s League matches;
- A weekly SAFA magazine show; and the
- SAFA Annual Awards.
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said the agreement was a welcome development, considering the SABC’s public reach and influence.
“As SAFA, we are pleased to have finally come to an agreement with the public broadcaster which is in the public interest and the good of the game. After protracted negotiations, it is great that the public will once again get to watch Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana and other national teams matches on SABC, in addition to various other important football development programmes, that has seen SAFA make a major impact on football on the continent” added Dr Jordaan.
The Nelson Mandela Challenge between Bafana Bafana and Mali will be broadcast today, live on SABC1 at 15:00.