SA Draw with Egypt Saved by 11th Hour Sportfive Deal
June 6, 2011
vialis 40mg Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; line-height: 18px; padding: 0px;”>The crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier between South Africa and Egypt yesterday, June 5, was saved for fans of the South African side after a deal was reached in the 11th hour between national broadcaster SABC and Sport Five, the French sports agency that acquired the rights from the Confederation of African Football.
The live broadcast of the African Cup of Nations qualifier was in doubt when it was reported that the French sports agency wanted US$742,000 from the SABC to broadcast the game.
If the SABC had failed to show Sundays game, it would have been the second time that the embattled broadcaster had failed to show a crucial Bafana official match, following its inability to broadcast Bafana’s clash against Sierra Leone from Freetown last October.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago stated: “We could not compromise such a crucial Bafana Bafana game.
“The most important thing for us is that the fans get to watch Bafana Bafana live, and that we deliver the best possible broadcast of such a big game.”
The game eventually saw a goalless draw between the two giants of African soccer, leaving Bafana top of Group G, with Egypt – the seven-time continental champions – facing the very real danger of being eliminated from next year’s finals as they sit bottom after four games with just 2 points.