Safa, SABC still at loggerheads over Bafana matches

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana's Afcon qualifier against Nigeria on Saturday won't be shown on terrestrial TV.

The impasse between the SABC and Safa over broadcasting rights for national teams' matches continues.

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Tuesday's Nelson Mandela challenge fixture against Paraguay is also on that list, as the fight between the two organisations continues.

The South African Football Association has refused to back down from its asking price of R110-million per annum.

The figure is 11 times more than the R10-million being offered by the SABC.

Russell Paul, Safa acting CEO said, "It's been R110m for three years, with no escalation whatsoever, so if you were to escalate that, you would be sitting at figures if R150-million, R160-million.

"We understand the position that the SABC finds itself in from a financial perspective, hence saying we're quite happy to stick with R110-million that we had in the past."

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Safa is in negotiations with other broadcasters, both locally and internationally.

They say they are open to a game-by-game deal but at the right price.

While they empathise with a South African public that is accustomed to watching the national team at the click of a button, at a cost of R4.5-million to put together a Bafana match the association is not willing to compromise on their planning.

While the deadlock between valuations continues, the SABC has confirmed that they will broadcast away games as those rights are not held by Safa.

Meanwhile, fans will have to turn to pay TV for both this weekend's clashes against Nigeria.

Banyana Banyana also plays against the West Africans in their Women's Afcon opener on Sunday, with the broadcast rights to the continental showpiece held by SuperSport.

The impasse between the SABC and Safa over broadcasting rights for national teams' matches continues to affect local viewers of the most beautiful game. 


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