Afcon will be a 24-hour affair on SuperSport

2015-01-14 15:40

Pay channel SuperSport announced today that it will broadcast all the 32 Africa Cup of Nations games live.

The 16-nation Afcon tournament kicks off in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday and ends on February 8.

The broadcaster will have a 24-hour Afcon-dedicated channel with two magazine shows that will provide live match analysis as well as behind-the-scene stories.

Addressing the media at a light-hearted launch in Muldersdrift in Joburg today, SuperSport senior producer Mpuru Rasunyane said: “SS4 (channel 204 on DStv) will be a 24-hour channel that will show all the matches live and the re-runs later on.

SS7 (channel 207) will carry double headers (during the last games of the groups and the knockout stages). We also have two magazine shows – Harambee and The Master Plan, which will be anchored by Robert Marawa.”

These shows will feature prominent former footballers such as Bafana’s all-time top scorer Benni McCarthy, ex-France captain Marcel Desailly, Matthew Booth and Zambia’s Afcon winning captain Chris Katongo.

SuperSport marketing manager Motheo Matsau said: “Our marketing tag line for the tournament is Africa Show Your Love. It was inspired by the resurgence of African patriotism. We play on things that the world see as negative and we spin them into the positive.

We will broadcast in many territories including all the countries that have qualified for the tournament.”

Meanwhile public broadcaster SABC1 announced late last year that a transversal schedule arrangement will be in place during the Afcon games.

This will see a large number of popular SABC1 programmes move to SABC2, and SABC3 broadcasting some of the games live, the broadcaster said.

?Bafana are in the same group as Senegal, Ghana and Algeria, whom they face on Monday at 9pm.

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