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TV Rights: CAF Plans To Recoup Millions In Broadcast Revenue

In an address with the press, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Dr Patrice Motsepe, assured the media of his strategy to tackle CAF TV rights issues with immediate effect. Motsepe affirmed that there would be progress in African Football during his period as the president. "I assure you; African football will improve and be globally competitive and sufficient following my four years of serving is this role", explained Motsepe.

My first point of call is to get CAF matches back on TV and to ensure that an African country wins the FIFA World Cup in the next two tournaments. SAFA boss Danny Jordaan, COSAFA president Phillip Chiyangwa, PSL boss Irvin Khoza and Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa told Motsepe that Africa wanted a solution to the TV rights constrictions. Jordaan went on to say that CAF has lost millions of Rands in revenue and that payment needs to be recouped as broadcast revenue to avoid further damage.

Jordaan portrayed the challenges to Motsepe as Africa being the worst performer at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, with all five countries falling out in the group stages. In advising Motsepe, Jordaan said the immediate challenge to address is to get the CAF matches back on TV. In his response, Motsepe said he would call on the skills and expertise of Khoza to work with him on the TV rights issues. Khoza responded that there are high expectations, and Motsepe needs to be the solution African Football requires.

Mthethwa added that Motsepe is more than qualified for the tasks laid before him. "CAF needs to move fast and be self-sufficient," said Mthethwa to Motsepe. Motsepe has promised to increase AFCON and the CAF Champions Leagues' sponsorship and ensure that AFCON tournaments remain in their two-year format with increased prize money and sponsors.

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