The screening of Bafana’s African Nations Cup qualifying matches by the SABC had all but ceased since last year, when the French company acquired rights to all CAF competition matches .
Twice the SABC has failed to broadcast Bafana’s African Nations Cup qualifying matches, the first being the game against Sierra Leone in October last year and, more recently, the match against Niger this month.
An SABC delegation that travelled to France this week returned with the news that an agreement with Sport Five to broadcast African Nations Cup matches had been reached but nothing had been signed yet.
A signed five-year agreement would enable the SABC to flight African Nations Cup games, the CAF Champions League, which features Orlando Pirates this season, the Confederations Cup with Black Leopards and the U-20 African Championship.
When Bafana played Niger in Niamey, Sport Five demanded R5m to show the match, which the SABC found excessive, arguing the going rate was R1,4m.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said yesterday that despite the agreement, nothing had been signed yet. ” What happened was the team went up to go and discuss with Sport Five and they have indicated that they have made progress. Obviously they then have to come to the nitty-gritty and then sign an agreement.”
As for the time it will take for a signed agreement to materialise, Mr Kganyago said: “It will depend. From all sides there are processes that need to still happen because we have to have approval…. I think they will come to SA at some point (to) finalise details.”