As the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) draws closer, fans are eager to know where and how to watch the tournament.
Recently, Africa’s largest satellite TV provider Multichoice, announced that the AFCON 2023 event will not be broadcast on its SuperSport channels on DStv and GOtv.
The news greeted African football fans with disappointment, especially Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana fans, with many left in total confusion as to what other options are available for streaming the matches of the tournament.
The Confederation of African Football, (CAF), had in November 2023 awarded the broadcasting rights for CAF competitions and events to Togo-based satellite TV, New World TV.
According to this deal, NWTV will hold the broadcasting rights for paid platforms and free-to-air channels for every CAF competition from 2023 to 2025.
The coverage of the various CAF competitions will extend to 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
At the time, CAF president Patrice Motsepe confirmed the agreement, describing it as a mega deal that no other broadcaster was able to match.
“The Media Rights Agreement with New World TV is the biggest investment by a Pan-African broadcaster in CAF’s history,” said Motsepe.
“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.”
Websites to live stream AFCON 2023 matches
New World TV
We have established that New World TV, the owners of the exclusive rights of broadcast, will take charge of televising the tournament to a wide range of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Fans in Nigeria and across Africa can visit their site to watch the matches.
For fans in Nigeria, free-to-air stations like the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) will secure a license from NWTV to broadcast matches to the large Super Eagles fan base in the country on TV and on their website. But at the time of writing, it is unknown if the NTA has already secured a license to televise matches involving the Super Eagles.
Chinese broadcasting giants StarTimes have also secured rights to televise the African Cup of Nations across the continent. What this means is that StarTimes subscribers will have access to all 52 matches of the AFCON 2023.
AFCON 2023 is on StarTimes!
Watch all 52 matches live and exclusive on StarTimes Sports Channels – Sports Premium, Sports Life and Beta Sports from January 13 – February 11.
— StarTimes Nigeria (@StarTimes_Ng) January 5, 2024
Nigerians who are StarTimes users will have nothing to worry about like subscribers of DStv and GOtv are currently. This broadcasting giants will bring all Super Eagles matches of the competition live to your television screens.
Betting streaming services
Several betting sites in Nigeria and other African countries will provide live streaming options for the AFCON.
Watching live games may be possible for registered customers on websites such as Bet9ja, 1xBet, BetWinner, Betano, Sportybet, and bet365.
All users need is an active account with a minimum balance to access these live broadcasts.
African football fans can stream live AFCON matches from the official CAF website. Fans can also watch the games live on CAF TV YouTube channel.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago