The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says a record number of global broadcasters will beam the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from Cameroon to millions of fans in 157 countries.
CAF’s Communications Department, in a statement on Sunday, said Africa’s star footballers’ popularity and talent ensured unprecedented interest from some of the leading broadcasters in Africa and across the globe.
CAF added that beIN Sport will broadcast the tournament across North Africa and the Middle East.
”This will include Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, British Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, Guyana, and Bolivia,” it said.
CAF also stated that in the UK, the BBC and BSkyB would broadcast the tournament.
It added that in Brazil, leading broadcaster Bandeirantes would show the tournament.
“Nordic fans will be able to watch on NENT’s sports channels, while Eastern Europe will tune into SportKlub,” it stated.
The confederation also expressed its belief that all of Africa’s football fans are sure to be tuning in for the tournament.
“The public broadcasters from the participating countries are set to beam their nations’ games live from Cameroon.”
It however assured that the territories not covered by its broadcast partners have been taken into consideration.
The football governing body noted that its President, Patrice Motsepe, had consistently spoken about a need to ensure that African football is accessible not only in the African continent but globally.
“The AFCON is our flagship event, not only as CAF but as Africa. It is an event that is unrivalled in appeal and prestige. We are not surprised by the huge demand from major networks globally.
“It’s a clear indication of the increasing popularity of African football around the world and shows clearly how AFCON has increased in stature and appeal to become one of the world’s biggest sporting events,” he said.