The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has inked a deal with Sky Sports and the BBC to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament, which begins on January 9 in Cameroon and concludes on February 6, will feature top African national teams and Premier League stars such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Liverpool, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Sky Sports will broadcast all 52 games, while the BBC will broadcast ten live, including two quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final.
“CAF must ensure that the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, as the single-largest sporting event on African soil and prime content, is accessible all over the world,” said CAF general secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba. This event is watched by people from all around the world, not just Africans. We are preparing a bigger and better event in Cameroon next year to attract millions of viewers. We’re delighted to have Sky and the BBC join us.”
“This is fantastic news for football fans who like watching the world’s greatest players, such as Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Riyad Mahrez,” Sky Sports director of football Gary Hughes added.
“We’re thrilled to be adding the Africa Cup of Nations to our ever-expanding football offering in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which already includes the Premier League, Scottish Premiership, EFL, and FA Women’s Super League, as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, cementing Sky Sports’ position as the home of live football.”
“We’re excited to be bringing such a prestigious event free-to-air for UK audiences,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.
The African Cup of Nations kicks off a massive year of international football, and I’m sure fans will be eager to follow all of the action from the competition across BBC platforms.”