Bafana games to be broadcast

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday welcomed the decision between South African Football...

Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday welcomed the decision between South African Football Association (Safa) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to work together in broadcasting Bafana Bafana matches.

Both parties agreed in ensuring that upcoming Bafana Bafana 2012 Africa Cup of Nations' qualifier against Sierra Leone would be broadcasted live on free-to-air TV.

This followed August blackout after the SABC failed to reach an agreement with French broadcaster SportFive which holds the right for all matches sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

The parties said a new contract between them for future Bafana games was in the pipeline and the SABC would buy all rights to all Bafana home games from Safa.

Mbalula said this would benefit soccer lovers in the country.

"Both Safa and the SABC recognised that football and the national team is the national asset," minister said.

"There will be a new agreement that will be finally negotiated and Safa and SABC will work together," Mbalula added.