SPORTS

Four Channels To Watch AFCON 2023 Matches

 

Following Multichoice’s announcement that it won’t be broadcasting the African biennial tournament, Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), on its DStv channels days before the start of the football fiesta, Nigerians have been expressing their anger, surprise and even confusion.

 

Multichoice, owners of DStv, had broadcasted every edition of the continental showpiece since 1992.

“SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 scheduled for January 13th to February 11th, 2024, because the channel has not secured the rights to broadcast the tournament,” it said in a statement this week.

The new order in African football television following the Togolese broadcaster New World TV’s acquisition of the Free-to-Air and Pay TV rights to all CAF competitions in the Sub-Saharan Africa region is not unrelated to the DStv blackout.

SuperSport International, Canal Plus, and the African Union of Broadcasters had previously owned the rights.

According to Daily Trust, New World TV and CAF signed a three-year agreement to become the rights holders of 13 competitions, including the AFCON championships in 2023 and 2025, which would take place in 46 countries in the region, including South Africa.

In order to broadcast the AFCON and any other CAF competitions, the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and free-to-air stations in the 46 countries will now need to sublicense the rights through New World TV.

Here are four main platforms Nigerians can turn to:

Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

To watch the 2023 AFCON, Nigerians can tune in to the nation’s most well-known television network, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Every AFCON, NTA has been providing free live coverage of the events on its well-liked NTA Sports 24 channel.

StarTimes

All 52 AFCON 2023 matches can be streamed live on StarTimes sports channels or via the StarTimes ON mobile app for Nigerian StarTimes customers.

New World TV

Network New World TV, situated in Togo, signed an exclusive three-year agreement with CAF in December 2023 to broadcast all of its competitions, including AFCON, throughout 46 African nations until 2025.

This could give Nigerian viewers a way to see the games.

Ziggo Sport

Ziggo Sport, a Dutch pay-TV network, broadcasts all tournament matches for Nigerian football enthusiasts living abroad.

An exclusive broadcasting rights to both the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast and the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco have been acquired by Ziggo Sport.

Leave a Comment