The decision of SuperSport not to broadcast the tournament has opened the door for the Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) to acquire the television rights. The COSAFA Cup will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium and at the Independence Stadium from 11 to 25, June with Namibia defending the title they won last year in South Africa after beating Mozambique 2-0 in the final.
Chief operations officer of COSAFA, Sue Destombes has confirmed that the NBC will broadcast the games live.
“We are busy finalising with the NBC on the broadcasting issue. SuperSport will buy the footage from the NBC,” said Destombes.
NBC head of corporate affairs, Umbi Karuaihe-Upi said that the situation has changed now unlike in the past whereby the national broadcaster did not have the capacity and enough equipment to broadcast international sporting competitions which resulted in poor images.
“We have the capacity and the equipment to broadcast,” said Karuaihe-Upi.
SuperSport’s communication officer, Clinton van den Berg told Informanté from Randburg, South Africa, that the company did not approach COSAFA, regarding the television rights this year. SuperSport is a South African group of television channels owned by Multichoice carried on the DStv multi-channel satellite platform. SuperSport provides sports content in most African countries and abroad, unlike NBC that is only broadcasted in Namibia.