May 5 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has opened an invitation to tender (ITT) for the broadcast rights to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The African Confederation has gone to market for its 2023 flagship continental tournament as well as a number of other high-stakes properties, including the qualifiers and both the Champions League and the Women’s Champions League for 2023 and 2024. The statement made no reference to the proposed African Super League.
CAF secretary general Véron Mosengo-Omba said: “CAF understands the importance of partnering with world class suppliers to achieve our goals. TV is very important in the strategic goals of CAF and the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire will give us an opportunity together with the new partners to deliver what we all believe will be the best AFCON in living memory.”
The invitation to tender comes at a delicate moment for the African body that has struggled financially ever since a $1 billion commercial representation deal with France-based agency Lagardere was ripped up.
CAF has to pay Lagardere $50 million in compensation. The body, it is understood, has already paid $25 million, but the compensation has further squeezed the finances.
Ivory Coast will stage the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in January next year as CAF moved the dates due to weather concerns in the summer in Ivory Coast.
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