Millions of Nigerian football enthusiasts are rejoicing after MultiChoice, the parent company of DStv, confirmed that its sports channel, SuperSport, will broadcast all 52 matches at the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.
This announcement comes in contradiction to a previous statement by MultiChoice last week, indicating that SuperSport would not broadcast all 52 matches due to unsecured rights. However, in a recent post on its X account (formerly Twitter), MultiChoice reversed its decision, assuring fans that all AFCON 2023 matches will be transmitted live through SuperSport.
The tweet from MultiChoice read, “No gree for anybody! Watch all 52 matches of the #afcon2023 on @Supersports.”
Football fans expressed their joy and appreciation for MultiChoice’s decision, recognising the significance of bringing the live broadcasts of the 2023 AFCON matches to numerous Nigerian households.
According to a report on the SuperSport website, the broadcast rights for the 2023 AFCON were secured through a third party, New World TV, as it was unable to acquire the rights directly from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Rendani Ramovha, SuperSport CEO, expressed delight, stating, “We are delighted to be able to showcase the best of African football live to our viewers.”
Earlier, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and StarTimes had also secured the broadcasting rights for all 52 AFCON matches, scheduled to take place between January 13 and February 11 in Ivory Coast.