Free to air broadcast rights for CHAN unaffordable – Shikufa

Free to air broadcast rights for CHAN unaffordable – Shikufa

The Executive Producer of TV and Radio Sport at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation Sackie Shikufa says, the broadcasting right fees for the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) is unaffordable by many free to air channels in the continent. Local soccer enthusiasts will not have the opportunity to watch the Brave Warriors playing in the African Nations Tournament in Morocco on NBC as the national broadcaster will not air the tournament.
Speaking to NBC Sport News this week, Shikufa states that the reason why the CHAN tournament is not being aired is because of the exorbitant fees the rights holder is asking to broadcast the tournament.
“The initial amount was 2.5 million Namibia dollars which is even more expensive than some major football events in the world like the World Cup, which is around 1 million, as an institution we feel that the money is more than the value of the tournament”, concludes Shikufa.
Shikufa further said that only 15 free to air channel out of the 54 African countries managed to secure the broadcasting rights to broadcast the tournament.
After NBC did not show the Brave Warriors’ 1-0 victory match against the Elephants of Ivory Coast last Sunday, some fans took to social media blaming the Corporation for not thinking about the viewers who don’t have money to pay for pay televisions.