- Local television viewers looking forward to the 2022 FIFA World Cup can breathe a sigh of relief
- National broadcaster the SABC confirmed that it will broadcast the global showpiece event happening in Qatar
- The broadcaster also confirmed that it would show the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup where Banyana Banyana will participate
South African football fans can rest easy regarding how they will get to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation will show the global showpiece event starting towards the end of the month.
As reported by the Sunday World, SABC CEO Madoda Mxakwe:
"The acquisition of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 broadcast rights has always been a strategic decision for the SABC. The FIFA World Cup creates various marketing opportunities for SABC Sport and other SABC sub-brands, and we will optimally use this event to create a sense of euphoria for South Africans everywhere."
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"We are committed to ensuring that we provide our audiences with renewed sense of excitement and provide the matches to the audiences with no-barrier to entry through television, radio and digital broadcast."
The matches will be spread across all the television channels as well as radio stations.
It was also confirmed that the SABC will show the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup that will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Banyana Banyana at least qualified for that event - their second appearance - after winning the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Empty FNB Stadium for Bafana Bafana vs Botswana match causes concern among local football fans
The South African Football Association will have to rethink where it schedules future Bafana Bafana matches.
Less than 1 000 people were present to watch South Africa defeat Botswana 1-0 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday night. Even fewer fans pitched up for their encounter against Sierra Leone last Saturday, when Bafana won 4-0.
Sports Brief reported on Monday how an image on social media showed the embarrassing disparity between attendances for the latter game and that of the Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Argentina that afternoon.