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SABC Secures Broadcasting Rights For Africa Cup Of Nations (Afcon)

The SABC is committed to making this great content available to all South Africans without any platform blockages or additional costs. Each match will be accompanied by a studio build-up and wrap, featuring expert analysis from the leading on-air talent of SABC Sport.

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it has secured the rights to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament in Ivory Coast.

This comes as a relief to football fans in South Africa, who were worried about not being able to watch the continental competition after Supersport failed to acquire the rights.

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In a statement, the SABC confirmed that it has acquired the rights to host the Afcon as well as the rest of the live Caf matches this season.

The highly anticipated TotalEnergies Afcon 2023 will take place in Ivory Coast from January 13, 2024, until February 11, 2024, and will be exclusively available on SABC channels across all broadcasting platforms in South Africa.

With the local PSL season taking a break for the next six weeks, SABC Sport will be offering its audiences and commercial partners the live experience of all 52 matches of AFCON 2023, including the participation of the South African national team, Bafana Bafana.

This means that football lovers will have the opportunity to cheer for their favorite team and witness the excitement of the tournament from the comfort of their homes.

But that’s not all. The SABC has also acquired the rights to broadcast more live football matches organized by Caf on the public broadcaster.

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This includes the Caf Women’s Champions League, where the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies team will be looking to defend their trophy. Additionally, SABC Sport has secured the rights to broadcast all 150 matches of the Afcon 2025 qualifiers, all 32 matches of Caf Chan 2024, all matches of Caf Champions League 2023/24, all matches of Caf Confederations Cup 2023/24, all matches of Caf Africa Women Cup of Nations 2024, all matches of Caf Women’s Champions League 2024, and all matches of Caf Super Cup 2024.

These acquisitions mean that football lovers and commercial partners will have access to the world’s biggest football events exclusively on SABC channels.

The SABC is committed to making this great content available to all South Africans without any platform blockages or additional costs. Each match will be accompanied by a studio build-up and wrap, featuring expert analysis from the leading on-air talent of SABC Sport.

To ensure that everyone can enjoy the matches, the SABC will broadcast all the Afcon 2023 matches live on SABC1, SABC 3, SABC Sport Channel, and SABC Radio stations. This includes Radio 2000, RSG, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Ukhozi FM, Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM, Thobela FM, Phalaphala FM, Munghana Lonene FM, Ikwekwezi FM, Ligwalagwala FM, and TRUFM. The matches will be broadcasted in the language of choice to cater to diverse audiences.

For those who prefer to watch online, SABC Plus and sabcsport.com will offer free live streaming of all 52 games. They will also provide a free catch-up service for those who may have missed the live action. Additionally, SABC Sport’s social media pages on Facebook and X (formerly known as Twitter) will offer live commentary of every single unmissable moment from each of the 52 live matches of AFCON 2023.

lan Plaatjes, SABC’s Chief Operations Officer, expressed the team’s happiness in making these sporting activities available to the South African public. He also extended his gratitude to the rights holders, New World Media, and all the relevant stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure the fruition of this process.

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Plaatjes wished Bafana Bafana, the South African national team, all the best for the competition in Ivory Coast.

The SABC’s acquisition of the broadcasting rights for the Africa Cup of Nations demonstrates its commitment to bringing world-class sports events to the people of South Africa. Football fans can now look forward to an exciting lineup of matches and cheer for their favorite teams, knowing that they can watch all the action on SABC channels.

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Thato Motaung for SurgeZirc SA
Thato Motaung for SurgeZirc SA
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