Canal Plus Afrique and Kwesé Sports bagged football broadcasting rights for Africa

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Canal Plus Afrique, has been awarded the French-language rights across the region, with Kwesé Sports picking up the English and Portuguese-language rights to the league.

The deals are due to run for six seasons, from 2018/19 to 2023/24. The rights packages for both broadcasters incorporate several other French soccer properties, including second-tier Ligue 2, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophée des Champions, the season-opener between the league and cup winners.

In addition, French-language channel TV5 Monde will cover one Ligue 1 match per week in sub-Saharan Africa. The rights were sold by Qatari broadcaster BeIN Media Group, which in 2014 bought Ligue 1’s international rights for six seasons from 2018/19 in a deal worth around US$69 million per year.

In the current three-season cycle, which ends in 2017/18, French-language rights are held by Canal Plus, which pays US$12 million season, while English and Portuguese-language rights are held by US pay-TV broadcaster Fox Sports.