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SABC must show Safa the money

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Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana games were not shown on SABC channels this past weekend in their crucial matches against Nigeria

SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu / BackpagePix

The masses will continue to suffer if the SABC fail to match what is required by the South African Football Association (Safa).

The SABC and Safa are still deadlocked in talks about broadcasting the national teams in action.

The masses who cannot afford DStv are suffering as they can’t watch Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana, Abantwana, Basetsana, Amajita or Amajimbos.

Safa president Danny Jordaan said that the SABC are the ones who should come up with the solution.

“Let us look at the facts,” Jordaan said. “In 1992, the SABC themselves made an evaluation of the rise of Bafana.

“Now you must remember what we are talking about is 10 Bafana matches, 10 Banyana matches, Under-23 matches, Under-20 matches, Under-17 matches, ABC Motsepe League final and the SAB league final.

“All of these matches, the SABC values at R10 million.

We had a contract with the SABC that ran from 2015 to 2017. The SABC’s value in that contract was R110 million. So the SABC reduced the value from R110 million to R10 million,” Jordaan explained.

Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana games were not shown on SABC channels this past weekend in their crucial matches against Nigeria.

Bafana played out a 1-1 stalemate with the Super Eagles in qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, while Banyana earned a famous victory over the same opposition in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

“We asked them to give the methodology, considerations and criteria and we haven’t received it,” Jordaan added.

“So now, why must I explain on their behalf? I can’t. They must explain that they are not interested. The SABC in the apartheid era paid us
R37 million. Twenty years into democracy, they want to pay R10 million.

“Maybe you can help me understand. I can’t understand it.”

Asked how to find the solution to impasse, Jordaan elaborated: “It is them who must bring a proposal that is not as insulting as R10 million.

“We spent R7 million for this match (last night’s Nelson Mandela Challenge against Paraguay in Durban). So all our national teams must play 30 matches and the contribution is R10 million.

“Where must we get the money from. Which organisation can operate on that basis? R100 million is just taken away without any explanation.”