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Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Fails To Acquire AFCON Rights

Uganda Broadcasting Corporation has expressed its disappointment over its failure to broadcast the AFCON match between Uganda and Egypt. Following its failed negotiations with the Africa Union of Broadcasters (AUB) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the station ended up broadcasting news instead of the final Group A game between the Uganda Cranes and Egypt.

UBC had approached parliament’s intervention requesting that the government provides funding to pay for the rights. But the government said that it would only be able to release the money in the first quarter of the financial year.

UBC issued a statement which said that even though parliament had committed to providing funding for the AFCON rights, unfortunately, the Ministry of Finance couldn’t release the funds in the time that is required and set by CAF for the national broadcaster to be able to obtain the free to air matches.

UBC added that these are part of the long list of challenges that the national broadcaster is currently faced with and that it’s time Ugandans face reality and come to the rescue of this highly indebted state institution as a result of debts carried forward from its creation in 2005.

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