Safa confirms R1bn TV deal with new broadcaster

2014-08-04 11:13

The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed a R1 billion TV deal with a new broadcaster, Siyaya TV, to show all national team games live.

The deal will start when the current contract with the SABC ends on April 30 2015.

“The reports are true. Everything you read in the reports about the Safa and Siyaya deal is true,” said Safa’s head of communication, Dominic Chimhavi, today.

“When the current contract with SABC ends, the deal with Siyaya will begin. The SABC contract ends at the end of April 2015.”

The contract allows Siyaya TV to broadcast live all senior national men’s and women’s matches. The broadcaster will also have the rights to televise all junior national team games.

City Press reported yesterday that Safa will be paid R175 million a year during the six-year contract with Siyaya TV.

Read: Safa sells Bafana for R1 billion

“This Safa-Siyaya partnership is a true game changer. Soccer cannot continue to live in the shadows of rugby and cricket,” Chimhavi tweeted yesterday.

Safa president Danny Jordaan could not be reached for comment on the matter.

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