Official: SABC1 Will Show CAFCL Final
There has been another huge u-turn in the broadcasting of the CAF Champions League final as SABC will now show the game on their tv channels.
Earlier on Friday SABC had announced that CAF were blocking media rights for the national broadcaster to show the game after SuperSport acquired the rights.
However, after intervention from the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies, Multisport and SABC came an “amicable resolution” and SABC confirmed on Friday evening that the game will be shown on SABC 1.
“The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is very pleased to announce that, after successful commercial negotiations with Supersport today, the CAF Champions League Final will be shown live on SABC 1 tomorrow 17 July 2021, with match build-up at 8pm and kickoff at 9pm.
“The public broadcaster wishes Kaizer Chiefs the best of luck for the final and we hope the knowledge that the whole country will be watching them will inspire the team to greater heights.”
Earlier the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies had already confirmed the news that the game would be shown on the public broadcaster.
“The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, is pleased to announced that the SABC will broadcast the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League Final between Kaizer Chiefs and Egypt‘s Al Ahly,” they said in a statement.
“The Minister engaged with both the SABC and Multichoice to ensure an amicable resolution on the acquisition of the rights, in the interests of the broad African public,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams added: “I would like to thank both the SABC and Multichoice for reaching a solution that will benefit millions of soccer loving South Africans. Sports plays an instrumental role in nation building and social cohesion. It is for this reason that I welcome this agreement between the two organisations. The people of our country will now be able to watch this crucial game on a free-to-air platform. This is particularly important as our country is going through a difficult time.”