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South Africa: FIFA Invites Broadcasters To Bid For CAF TV Rights

FIFA has put South Africa’s broadcasters on alert following a confirmation of the opening of a tender process for the much sought-after TV rights for the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) qualifiers for 2022’s Soccer World Cup in Qatar.

According to media reports, the process for the highly contended rights opened on Monday and submissions will be welcomed until December 16.

CAF sold its 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers rights to the then SportFive before the company transformed into Lagardere Sports in 2015.

After the 2018 World Cup, all African nations decided to individually sell their broadcasting rights and following that, FIFA inked a deal promising double revenue to all 54 countries.

FIFA released a statement announcing that it had opened an invitation to tender (ITT) for all the centralised media rights to every match in the second round of qualifying, and also the third-round playoffs, which would determine the final five African teams that would play at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The statement further explained that following an agreement with the 54 member associations of CAF in August this year, the media rights to all Africa’s qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 would be managed under a centralised sales process by FIFA.

The media rights will cover internet, TV, mobile and radio transmissions.

South African viewers have not been able to watch official CAF matches since the association abruptly cancelled its $1 billion broadcasting contract with Lagardere earlier this month.

The SABC and SuperSport have not acquired viewing rights to CAF matches outside of South Africa - which includes the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.


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