FOLLOWING a meeting convened by the Minister of Sport and Recreation – Fikile Mbalula, the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between them that will ensure that the South African public will watch be able to watch the vital 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Sierra Leone on Saturday evening at 5pm live on SABC 1.
At the meeting it was clarified and agreed that the terrestrial broadcast rights for all CAF and FIFA qualifying home matches of Bafana Bafana are the sole property of SAFA, and that the SABC must purchase these rights from SAFA.
The SABC has agreed on a fee of R3m for this match, and SAFA has agreed to pay an amount of R1.2m in broadcast sponsorship rights on behalf of their sponsors.
“We are delighted that this important match will be shown live on SABC” said SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani, “and wish to thank the Minister for his constructive intervention to resolve the matter”.
Dr. Ben Ngubane, the Chair of the Board of the SABC, was equally delighted at the progress that was made at the meeting.
“We have requested SAFA to sit down with us to resolve any outstanding issues so that we can present a common position to SportFive going forward,” said Dr. Ngubane.
Minister Mbalula thanked both parties for their willingness to resolve the issues, and called on the parties to move swiftly to a long-term contract that would eliminate any uncertainty in the future.
“Football is our national asset, and we need to ensure that the whole nation can participate in the exciting journey of our National team as they seek to qualify for AFCON 2012 and beyond,” said Minister Mbalula.
Bafana Bafana must win this match if they are to have chance of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations Finals that are to be held in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January 2012. They will also need Egypt to either win or draw their home game against Niger to guarantee Bafana a slot in this prestigious event.
The two matches will be played simulataneously, so the nation will be glued to its seat as the journey to qualification reaches its exciting conclusion.