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Satellite outfit says Nigerians will watch all Cote d’Ivoire 2023 AFCON matches live

Satellite outfit says Nigerians will watch all Cote d’Ivoire 2023 AFCON matches live

Satellite broadcasting outfit, StarTimes, has announced that it would broadcast live matches of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations live to Nigerians following its acquisition of the event’s exclusive broadcast rights for the country.

The Africa Cup of Nations will kick off in Cote d’Ivoire on January 13 with Nigeria’s Super Eagles beginning their campaign the next day against Equatorial Guinea.

Speaking on the competition, which brings together Africa’s best football-playing countries in five Ivoirian cities, the outfit said it has acquired the rights to the championship and all CAF events held in 2024 in Anglophone and Lusophone countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including CHAN 2024 and AFCON 2025 qualifiers.

It said the strategic acquisition cements its commitment to delivering premium sports content to its viewers and reinforces its position as a leading player in the African media landscape.

CAF new TV rights agreement

NigerianSketch had reported that Confederation of African Football, CAF, in November 2023 awarded the broadcasting rights for CAF competitions and events to Togo-based satellite TV, New World TV.

Under this deal, NWTV will hold the broadcasting rights for both free-to-air and paid formats for all CAF competitions spanning from 2023 to 2025. The coverage will extend to 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Confirming the agreement was CAF president Patrice Motsepe, who described it as a mega deal that no other broadcaster could match.

“The Media Rights Agreement with New World TV is the biggest investment by a Pan-African broadcaster in CAF’s history,” the CAF president said.

Motsepe continued: “We are very proud to partner with such a globally competitive and innovative broadcasting company which has adapted quickly to the changing demands and viewing patterns of the modern football audience.

“New World TV is also introducing new ways of consuming video content through its strong partnerships with various mobile operators and its television networks.”

Where to watch AFCON 2023

New World TV, owners of the exclusive rights, will take charge of broadcasting the tournament to a wide range of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Free-to-air stations: Nigeria Television Authority and other free-to-air channels in Nigeria can secure licence from NWTV to broadcast matches to the teeming audience in the country.

However, at the time of this report, it is unclear if these stations have secured licences.

Also, StarTimes subscribers will have access to all 52 matches of the AFCON 2023.


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