TV Rights Motsepe’s Top Priority
Posted: 17 March 2021
The Confederations of African Football President Dr. Patrice Motsepe held his first-ever press conference at the Sandton Convention Centre yesterday since ascending the seat as the leader of the African Football Federation in Rabat, Morocco, last week Friday.
Dr. Motsepe, who also outlined his ten-point manifesto last month at the same venue, in no uncertain terms, has made it clear that the television rights are top of his agenda.
Currently, Africans cannot enjoy the CAF competitions, namely the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup, which has left many, across the continent, very disappointed and despondent.
However, Motsepe has confirmed that he will tackle the issue of broadcasting rights with a sense of urgency and will “abuse” the expertise of the DSTV Premiership’s Chairman, Dr. Irvin Khoza to assist him as he has overseen such deals in the past.
The mining giant also spoken of the importance of visiting all the 54 CAF members within the first six – nine months of occupying office, and promised a positive feedback from the countries visited.
It all seems a toll order, but if there is anyone who can achieve such a feat of winning back African’s football television rights, it is Dr. Motsepe, which will ultimately delight Africans to access and watch the competitive football right across the continent.
Selebalo Karabo Phasha.