South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) confirm that the Bafana Bafana versus Libya game will be live on both television and radio.
Last month the SABC said they can’t afford to broadcast Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana games due to lack of funds and largely because they still owe the South African Football Association (SAFA). The two parties have since engaged and came to an agreement to broadcast Bafana’s game this weekend.
However, the SABC didn’t reveal whether the deal to broadcast the Bafana game this weekend is a permanent or temporarily one as the SABC’s negotiations with SAFA are still on going and are confidential.
"The SABC committed to providing as much choice as possible for the viewers and listeners,” SABC Corporate Affairs & Marketing spokesperson Neo Momodu said on SAfm.
"What I can confirm is that the Bafana bafana versus Libya game will be broadcast on SABC TV and all the African language radio stations including Radio 2000," Momodu added.
“We have constantly said that the SABC is engaging Safa and other stakeholders as you know we find ourselves owing money to. We hope discussions will be concluded as soon as possible but let’s see how long the process takes,” said Momodu.
The SABC is cognisant of the fact that as the public service they need to broadcast the South African national teams when in action and Momodu said they are trying their best to come to an agreement with Safa and other stakeholders.
There are media reports stating that the SABC owes Safa R50 million but the SABC was reluctant to comment on that and said they will talk to the public after their negotiations with Safa.