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CONFIRMED: SuperSport clinch Ghana Premier League, FA Cup broadcast rights deal

SuperSport sign Ghana Premier League TV rights deal.

SuperSport sign Ghana Premier League TV rights deal.

The Ghana Football Association has announced that SuperSport International has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights of the Ghana Premier League and the MTN FA Cup.
SuperSport signed a three-year deal with the GFA on Friday to produce and broadcast the national league and also the MTN FA Cup.
The deal takes immediate effect.
This means the South Africa-based broadcasting giants will broadcast Sunday’s Super Clash between giants Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko in Accra.
The deal marks the first time Ghana’s premier domestic football competition, which is one of the biggest and best in Africa, will be produced by the continental broadcasting giants.
GFA vice president Fred Crentsil hailed the deal, calling it one of the most valuable agreements in Ghanaian football’s history.
“Today, the new broadcast arrangements will give the GFA an unprecedented opportunity to implement its strategic plans for Ghanaian football,” he said in a statement.
“The deal gives the Ghana football the opportunity to market itself on a bigger platform to attract more fans as well as corporate bodies.
“There’s never been any doubt that the game has a bright future in this nation, but today the football family can take comfort from the huge vote of confidence from our broadcast partners.”
SuperSport will produce the matches for television, in line with various other leagues across Africa.
“Ghana has a tremendous football tradition and continues to produce great players, so we are delighted with this development,” said Andre Venter, SuperSport’s head of Africa.
“The game in Ghana is strong and vibrant and we look forward to showcasing it on our channels.”
Meanwhile a date will be announced in due course to launch SuperSport’s relationship with the GFA.
Broadcast details
Sunday, September 22
Hearts of Oak vs. Asante Kotoko
SS9 (1500 GMT)

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Agenda says:

    Is it going to b the same old story?

    • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

      GO TO S AFRICA FOR LEAGUE SPONSORS. THIS TV DEAL HAS TAKEN TOO LONG N LONG OVERDUE. NOW, THE WORLD WILL SEE OUR MEDIOCRE SPORTS STADIUMS N SOCCER FIELDS…AND EQUALLY USELESS, PRIMITIVE COACHES AND REFS. CANT WAIT!WILL THE GAMES BE STREAMED ONLINE ON PORTALS LIKE P2P4U.NET?

  2. Saxcee says:

    good move, and i wish to see live score on livescore.com as well.

  3. Sam Praise says:

    Everything is pointing to the fact that we need good stadiums in Ghana, Our pedigree in world football with the stadiums at our disposal is a shame!

    • Stranger Danger says:

      TELL ME ABOUT IT! The aesthetics and quality ( as well as quantity) of stadiums should be really improved in Ghana. This is the Ghana Premier League chance to let the world know that not only does Ghana have superb world class players and local players but quality stadiums as well that players from all over the world would enjoy playing on. I believe Ghana has everything to be number 1 in world rank, but its what appears to be the lack of care about attracting players that we also need to focus on as well as providing proper football fields and football supplied in school and/or recreation centers. Football is beautiful no matter where you play it, but if want to attract and maintain the best, you have to give the best the best of what you can.

  4. chestoh says:

    Is Mr AA and the Gfa watching the performance of Belarabi now on SS3 b/n B M’glabach and Braunschweig

  5. Andrew in Nigeria says:

    They should disclose the value of the deal. Why are they hiding it? Shame on the GFA for their inefficiency. This same Supersport bought the rights to the Nigerian league for $34 million for 5 years and they are paying only $600,000 or $700,000 a season for the Ghana premier league when in fact the GHPL has more marketing potential because of traditional clubs like Hearts and Kotoko. Supersport even payed far more for the Kenyan Premier league.
    Another problem is, what will happen to many people who used to watch it on GTV and Metro who cannot afford DSTV? Is there an arrangement for free-to-air television?
    Finally, why can’t the FA create a company to run the league? A company with proper corporate structures.

  6. peacelover says:

    i thought the ghana premier league was already on supersport cos i’d seen promos in the past of some league matches. i guess it was local channels like metro or gtv sports on dstv.

  7. Andrew in Nigeria says:

    @Peacelover, yes DSTV has been relaying matches from Metro TV(the right owners then) these past few years. Now they own the rights themselves. I’m just disappointed that GFA sold the rights for peanuts. And knowing DSTV, they won’t allow any free-to-air station like GTV show it.

  8. peacelover says:

    andrew, thanks for the clarification. but i question the wisdom of this deal. i mean, if the local audience cant hv easy access to league matches unless they own a dstv decoder, how will dat promote the league in ghana. shouldn’t the focus be promoting it in ghana with the die hard fans before going outside. european leagues are going to grab even more ghanaian attention with this supersport exclusive rights deal.