Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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25 Mar 2015
11:15 pm

Bafana fans left in the dark

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

South African fans hoping to watch Bafana Bafana play Swaziland on Wednesday evening were left disappointed as the game was not shown by SuperSport or the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Bafana Bafana fans. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Responding to questions on why the match was not televised, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the SABC didn’t receive the feed from Swaziland.

“We don’t have the feed from Swaziland, the match belongs to their national broadcaster,” said Kganyago.

Kganyago says he received an e mail from the CEO of the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) informing him that the Swaziland national broadcaster didn’t have the “capacity” to send the feed to them (SABC).

In the end, the game at the Somhlolo Stadium in Lobamba was not televised at all, even by the STVA.

When the national football team has a game scheduled outside the country, the South African Football Association has to communicate their interest to televise the match on SABC to the football association of the host country.

Upon an agreement between the two football associations the respective national broadcasters will work together in transmitting the live feed from one country to the other.

Kganyago added that the SABC were informed too late about the inability to transmit the feed from Swaziland, and as a result they couldn’t deploy a crew to Swaziland.