SABC fails to broadcast Bafana match, plays blame game instead

By Andy Rice 11 October 2010

South Africans all across the country and the South African Football Association are fuming after Bafana Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Sierra Leone on Sunday was not broadcast. According to Safa CEO Leslie Sedibe, poor weather conditions were to blame. Sedibe said that the plane carrying SABC's crew to Freetown was grounded owing to bad weather. Odd then, that other media organisations managed to get their people into Freetown by Saturday. Oh, and so did Bafana Bafana. Rumours are that the SABC balked at the R14 million price, demanded by the match rights' owners. The SABC denies this, and are now using Sierra Leone's equipment, which apparently isn't good enough for the SABC to broadcast a match on, as an excuse. Read more: Sapa, via Sport24, SowetanLive

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