SABC Responds To SAFA's 'No Bafana On TV' Allegation
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has responded to a statement made by the South African Football Association (SAFA) regarding the broadcasting of Bafana Bafana and other international games.
The conflict began when SAFA released a statement claiming that the SABC would no longer broadcast future games featuring Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana or any other age group related South African teams on any of its channels.
Part of the statement declared that SAFA wished to announce that the upcoming AFCON matches for Bafana Bafana together with international matches for Banyana Banyana would not be broadcast on any of the SABC channels.
SAFA claimed that SABC had presented them with a "discourteous offer" regarding international football matches to be played in the country.
SAFA proceeded to say that despite their financial difficulties, the SABC would be broadcasting English Premiership football and had signed up as the broadcaster of the new South African T20 cricket league that would kick off at the end of the year.
The SABC reacted back in their own press release and claimed that the offer that it made to SAFA would have enabled the delivery of football matches to the South African audience on the SABC channels and that it was an offer that was commercially viable by for some reason, SAFA had rejected it.
The SABC confirmed that regardless of the current drama with SAFA, the Bafana Bafana away match against Seychelles on October 16 would still be aired on the SABC channels because those particular rights did not belong to SAFA.