Ghana facing Nations Cup TV black-out because of 1.5 million fee for rights

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Ghanaians might not be able to watch the upcoming Africa Cup Nations Cup to be staged in Angola on television due to the inability of local TV stations to secure the rights for the four-week tournament, Ghanasoccernet understands.

The three television stations-GTV, Metro TV and TV3 are struggling to secure the rights from AFNEX for live telecast of the matches for local fans. The three TV Stations must cough up a whopping 1.5 million euros for the rights. Optimum Media Prime acting on behalf of the TV networks says the deal has stalled following the inability of the two parties to reach an agreement.

The Ghanaian consortium body fears local fans might not be able to watch the Nations Cup in the South African region if external factors are not induced. Ghanaian soccer fans are waiting with baited breath to catch the action live in Luanda after the Black Stars qualified for the biannual soccer show piece.

The General Manager of Optmum Media Prime Kenneth Ashigbey is eager to have the issue resolved."It is a shame but we have not been able to secure the right and that is a major source of worry to us,'' Ashigbey said. "The money been charged by CAF is on a high side and with the world cup coming up, it doesn't make economic sense to doll out such monies for the nations cup alone.

"We need to appeal to CAF to understand that this is an African event and such African fans and for the matter Ghanaian fans deserve the right to watch the games because they make the game. These fans are the ones who make the game thick and so if we are unable to watch it on TV, then there is a fundamental problem."

The Accra Mall