September 22nd 2017

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SuperSport, four others granted FIFA events broadcast rights

StarTimes, by way of pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa; and CANAL+, by way of pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa and Nigeria.

By David JagongoMonday, 03 Apr 2017 18:58 EAT

Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba (right) and a teammate celebrate after scoring a goal during their 2014 FIFA World Cup Group C match against Japan in Recife, Brazil. Ivory Coast won 2-1.

FIFA has granted five television stations,South Africa's SuperSport broadcasting rights  to all- 2017-2018 FIFA events in sub-Saharan Africa. The rights include FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) says.

Supersport, owned by South African investor, is the most popular pay sports channel in Kenya. No media owned by Kenyans won the rights, eventhough its not clear if any bid for the transmission rights. Winning certain rights in regard to the 2018 FIFA World Cup are- Econet Media, by way of free-to-air and pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub Saharan Africa except South Africa.

By and large, the absence of Kenyan media from the list of stations granted the rights, reflects the fact that Kenyan media is yet to play in the big league. Supersport, by way of pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub Saharan Africa; SABC, by way of free-to-air transmission for exploitation in South Africa.

StarTimes, by way of pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa; and CANAL+, by way of pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa and Nigeria.

The following broadcasters were been awarded certain media rights with regard to other 2017 2018 FIFA events-

Econet Media, by way of free-to-air and pay-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub-Saharan Africa except South Africa.

Supersport-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub Saharan Africa,SABC-free-to-air transmission for exploitation in South Africa.

StarTimes-TV transmission for exploitation in all territories of sub-Saharan Africa (except the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in South Africa).

The awards followed an open tender process for 42 territories in sub-Saharan Africa.The tender was launched on 21 October 2016.

"The outcome of the tender process enables FIFA to reach its aim of securing the widest possible coverage across the region with the highest profile matches available on a free-to-air basis,'' FIFA said.

The 42 territories are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo DR and Côte d’Ivoire.

Others are-Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia and Madagascar. Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will also be covered by the broadcasters

The 2017-2018 FIFA events comprise: FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017; FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017; FIFA Confederations Cup 2017; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018; FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018; 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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