Today, the 16th of July, the SABC announced that it has been denied the opportunity of broadcasting the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League Final between Kaizer Chiefs and Egypt‘s Al Ahly.
The SABC regrets to announce that it has been denied the opportunity of broadcasting the CAF Champions League Final between Kaizer Chiefs and Egypt‘s Al Ahly.
— SABC (@SABCPortal) July 16, 2021
In their statement SABC said it was disappointed with CAF for depriving millions of South African a chance to what this historic match.
“This is a very sad day for Kaizer Chiefs fans and all football lovers in South Africa when CAF, the custodian of the people’s game on the African continent, agrees to exclude millions of people who cannot afford pay-TV.”
“SABC has been denied the opportunity to broadcast the #CAFCLFinal, despite meeting CAF’s asking price. This is because CAF signed an exclusive deal with SuperSport, that also includes free to air rights.”.. SABC is crying foul, saying CAF witheld this info until yesterday. pic.twitter.com/NULe8maWWC
— Tracksuit (@ThabisoMosia) July 16, 2021
Mzansi blames Patrice Motsepe
This has angered many South African who have expressed their grievance with the federation’s Chairman Patrice Motsepe.
So, the bright sparks at CAF decided to give EXCLUSIVE rights for the Champions League final between Kaizer Chiefs and Al Ahly to SuperSport despite SABC having met the asking price.
Haaaai, there is a lot of MADNESS on this continent.
— Mahlatse Mphahlele (@BraMahlatse) July 16, 2021
This is total NONSENSE‼️💯 @DStv @MultiChoiceGRP @MultiChoice @DStvCare must be boycotted… What about the millions of ordinary South Africans who cannot afford their nonsense of a service that is highly overpriced and underwhelming!!!
— Aakraam Sherif Mohamed Manala (@FilaManala) July 16, 2021
@KaizerChiefs is a widely supported club in SA and he is the CAF president from SA, then the SABC is denied the opportunity to broadcast KCs game free for South Africans? This looks funny and smells of Motsepe greed. https://t.co/12VA7wJ0of
— Refiloe (@refiloemaseko_) July 16, 2021