SuperSport returns to African football with money for Champions League final rights
July 15 – African football fans will have the chance to watch the continent’s Champions League final between South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs and Egyptians Al Ahly after SuperSport secures the rights to the flagship game.
“Matches on the continent don’t get bigger than this and we are delighted to present the best from Africa in a match of this magnitude,” said Marc Jury, Managing Director of SuperSport. “Two of Africa’s super clubs in a major final will undoubtedly give fans a boost in these difficult times.”
The Soweto giants have reached the Champions League final for the first time, despite a poor domestic season. Al Ahly will be the favorite to retain his title. The Egyptians are coached by the former coach of Bafana Bafana Pitso Mosimane.
The match, hosted in Casablanca, will be broadcast on Channel 202 in South Africa, Channel 205 in Nigeria and on Channel 225 across the continent.
CRTV Sports rights holders will broadcast the final in Cameroon.
Last weekend, the president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) Patrice Motsepe indicated that the governing body would find a broadcaster for the final. The Confederation Cup final was accessible to the public in French-speaking Africa as well as certain Maghreb countries.
“What I like is that many TV companies and broadcast cooperatives have spoken to my brother (Véron Mosengo-Omba),” Motsepe said at a press conference last week.
“They say they want to partner up and work together. What I like is that they also put money on the table because CAF and member associations need money. I want every African country to have access to all CAF football matches. We take care of these inherited contracts to ensure that we are successful in achieving this goal of access to television across the continent. It’s a duty, more than just a business opportunity.
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