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SuperSport Secures FIFA Soccer World Cup Broadcasting Rights

SuperSport, part of the Multichoice Group, has confirmed that it has secured a live broadcasting deal for all 64 matches of the 2022 FIFA Soccer World Cup, which will be held in Qatar.

Media reports have stipulated that the pay-tv broadcasting rights will extend to all sub-Saharan Africa, enabling high-definition live content viewership to fans. The SuperSport platform will provide expert analysis across numerous channels, in-depth digital offering, supplementary programming and added value in order to maintain various audience targets of the mega event.

Marc Jury, the Chief Executive of SuperSport, voiced the channels excitement in being part of the broadcasting organisations that will be bringing this grand-scale event. Fans are always excited about the FIFA World Cup, he said. Additionally, the kick-off times will be convenient for our viewers when you consider the broadcasting time zones.

The 2022 FIFA Soccer World Cup will be held from 21 November 2021 to 18 December 2022.  For the first time, the 32 contender teams, including France, who are the defending champions, will play in one city.

Currently, there is no certainty regarding the South African national team, Bafana Bafana, if they will qualify for the Soccer World Cup as their qualifying campaign is set to kick off in early June against the neighbouring country, Zimbabwe.

Furthermore, information regarding whether there will be a deal between SuperSport and SABC has not surfaced.  At this stage, media will remain on the lookout for information on whether SABC will receive an agreement to screen some or all the matches either via live or delayed.


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