SAFA's new TV rights deal with SABC explained


The struggling company has managed to broker a four-year deal with SAFA and showed South Africa's Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Mali over the weekend.

Speaking to the broadcaster's football presenter Thomas Mlambo on Sunday, SABC Sport programmes manager Ruby Kandier said the deal is not exactly like the one they had before.

"Basically what we've done, we won't be doing as much as we've done in the past," she said.

"But at least we are showing the AFCON qualifiers, some friendlies, the Nelson Mandela Challenge... we will be showing as much as we possibly can, but obviously within the constraints of the deal.

"I think it's an important master that we have achieved. It's been more than a year that we haven't been able to show any of our national teams, and I think after months and months of talking, negotiating, we've finally managed to broker a four-year deal which will bring to South African audiences our national teams of men and women, some of our domestic leagues and most importantly, I think we'll be able to showcase development soccer.

"We've got the national women's league and for us that's a major accomplishment. So on behalf of the SABC board and Exco, we are very privileged to have been able to do this."

SAFA acting CEO Russel Paul confirmed that at this stage only six games will be televised by the Auckland Park-based station.

"It's six matches per annum," Paul tells

"So everything you see there it's per annum. Ja there's a possibility [of SABC not televising some matches] but I mean it's probably not likely. Those are the minimum games that you will see.

"It's been ongoing for a long time and we finally signed everything on Saturday. We've been working on it for a couple of months now. There's nothing to worry about, the games will be seen on TV."

According to pay TV channel SuperSport PR Clinton Van Den Berg, it is not true that they were beaten by the public broadcaster to the rights.

"There was no loss to SABC," he said. "The SABC simply acquired them on the open market."