Multichoice makes U-turn on AFCON 2023 broadcast

Multichoice makes U-turn on AFCON 2023 broadcast
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With three days to the kick-off of AFCON 2023, things have started hitting a fever pitch with several parties willing to be part of the party in Ivory Coast.

The biggest news in the last couple of weeks has not been about the participating teams at AFCON 2023 but rather the news from broadcast giants Multichoice, who announced they would not be beaming the tournament to its numerous viewers.

In the past, Multichoice has broadcast top sports tournaments via its SuperSport channels to millions of Africans.

The inability to land the AFCON 2023 TV rights to Sub-Saharan Africa left a massive vacuum, with football fans reeling over how to watch the tournament.

In a twist of fate, it appears that Multichoice has made a U-turn on its initial stand on the broadcast of AFCON 2023.

They now seem to be ready to neam the matches of the tournament live to Africans.

Multichoice to broadcast AFCON 2023

DSTV to air AFCON 2023
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Earlier today, the largest TV network in Africa – the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), announced its readiness to fill the void left by Multichoice as it had agreed to a partnership with Afro Sports to air the 52 matches of AFCON 2023 live.

Perhaps this announcement spurred Multichoice into action, as news from the broadcast giants suggests they are now willing to beam AFCON 2023 matches live.

The latest reports suggest that an announcement on the new development would be made later today.

The latest development will come as exciting news for millions of football fans in Africa, especially in Nigeria, where they have never trusted the coverage of NTA.

Multichoice had initially announced their inability to air AFCON 2023 matches as New World TV beat them to the rights.

AFCON 2023 fans spoilt for choice in Nigeria and South Africa

Super Eagles featuring in AFCON 2023
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With Multichoice returning to the fray, football fans can expect the usual top-quality coverage that the company has been associated with.

South Africans were already looking to SABC to watch Bafana Bafana in Ivory Coast, while Nigerians had already settled for NTA as their source for the tournament.

It now means that viewers in the two countries can choose to watch via the paid platform of DSTV or the free-to-air of NTA and SABC.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.