AFCON to be broadcast in over 150 countries
AFCON competitions have been well received by the media.
The African Football Confederation has announced the broadcast of theAfrica Cup of Nations
in 157 countries.
The competition will start today with the host of the competition,Cameroon
, againstBurkina Faso
and will continue until early February. Whereas earlier reports indicated that the world's major media outlets were ignoring the competition, the CAF announced that the competition would be broadcast to millions of fans on major sports television stations in 157 countries.
broadcasters such as Canal+, SuperSport and StarTimes, beIN Sport will broadcast the competition in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as in North America, Cambodia and Laos.
ESPN will receive the rights to broadcast the tournament for Latin America and Central America, and BBC & BSKYB will broadcast the tournament in the UK and given the large number of African players in the Premier League, the tournament is expected to be well received in the UK.
CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe emphasizes the need to broadcast the competition in countries outside Africa. He said:
“The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations is our flagship event not only as CAF but as Africa. It is an event that is unrivalled in appeal and prestige. We are not surprised by the huge demand from major networks globally. It’s a clear indication of the increasing popularity of African football around the world and shows clearly how AFCON has increased in stature and appeal to become one of the world’s biggest sporting events.”
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