SABC bafana broadcast rights

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 30: The SABC building on June 30, 2009, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Business Day / Tyrone Arthur)

SABC denies making ‘minuscule’ offer to Safa for Bafana matches

The SABC also revealed that it will broadcast Tuesday’s Bafana game in Seychelles.

SABC bafana broadcast rights

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 30: The SABC building on June 30, 2009, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Business Day / Tyrone Arthur)

The SABC has responded to claims made by the South African Football Association (Safa) that collapsed talks regarding the broadcast of Bafana Bafana matches were due to the public broadcaster making a “discourteous offer”.

Safa announced on Thursday that the Afcon qualifier between South Africa and Seychelles will not be aired on SABC, along with future matches involving all national soccer teams, including Banyana Banyana and age-group teams.

In a strongly worded statement, Safa went as for as claiming that the public broadcaster, under Apartheid rule, would have made a far better offer for the broadcast rights than what was made by its current administration.

“Safa rejected this offer outright‚ and places on record that the offer is so minuscule that it amounts to an effective no offer. It is interesting to note that even the apartheid run SABC of old made a better offer to the Association for their rights in this country.”

SABC hits back at Safa

Through a statement of its own, the SABC hit back on Friday, denying that the offer it made was – as Safa put it – “minuscule”.

“The SABC would like to place on record that it made a commercially viable offer that would enable the SABC to deliver football matches to South African audiences on SABC platforms and this offer was rejected by SAFA. This follows the expiry of the previous contract between SAFA and the SABC.”

The public broadcaster stated that it had made a full payment on the previous agreement entered into by the two parties.

“The outstanding SAFA obligations due to SABC from the previous contract are the two remaining 2019 AFCON qualifier matches which are, the Bafana Bafana vs Seychelles match on 13 October 2018 and the Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria match on 17 November 2018.”

According to the SABC, Bafana’s return fixture against the island nation next Tuesday will be broadcast on its platforms, as Safa does not hold the rights for its airing.