Soweto Derby to be screened live to US, Europe

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Recognised as one of the world’s biggest football derby matches, the game will be seen live on Eurosport and also most likely on Internet Pay Television (IPTV) in the US.

The agreement with the Americans still has to be signed and sealed.

A first for South African professional football, the match will also be broadcast in a number of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) member countries, Premier Soccer League (PSL) CEO Kjetil Siem confirmed.

Produced by PSL broadcasting partner Supersport International, the match will be transmitted via an international signal and commentary will be done in French, English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Turkish and Norwegian.There will be a build-up of 15 minutes, showing images and video snippets on South African football - in all the countries mentioned above.

Both clubs have welcomed the development with great anticipation.

“It is a very good platform to showcase South African football to the international football world,” Pirates’ Communications Officer Mickey Modisane said.

“I think it will definitely prove that the Soweto Derby is one of the world football’s biggest derby matches to those who have only heard about it.

“The electrifying atmosphere and the ambience are unique to SA football - and I hope that the viewers will enjoy it.”

Chiefs are equally ecstatic about the historic moment.

“Absolutely fabulous," said Chiefs marketing manager Dara Carrol.

“It will be great for the international community to see what a South African derby is all about. We always hear about the other derbies all over the world - people should definitely make time to watch it.”