FOR many Nigerian soccer fans, it was a nightmarish experience not to watch their darling national team, the Super Eagles, play their first competitive game in their quest to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup in South Africa.
The Stephen Keshi-tutored team played a barren draw with the Amavubi of Rwanda but the agony of not watching them on television was annoying. Angry fans bombarded Sports Vanguard’s hotline to know reasons why no Television station beamed the match live to the teeming audience in Nigeria. “Are you saying that no TV station will show this match?. It is a
shame”, one Mr Okechi said. He was just one of the many who expressed their disgust. But Sports Vanguard learnt that the inability of any TV station to beam the match live was as a result of a E100,000 fee placed by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, before the match could be televised live.
“That fee is outrageous. It is to expensive. It is cheaper to buy matches in Europe than in Africa. For us, we have the rights to cover only the home matches of the Super Eagles”, the General Manager of SuperSports, Felix Awogu said yesterday.
Nigerians endured 90 minutes of frustration as the other local stations blacked out the coverage of Stephen Keshi’s first competitive match after taking over the driver’s seat from Samson Siasia.
Interestingly, Keshi included home-based players in the match, a departure from the past where home-based players were used as only training materials.
However, your number one Sports Vanguard sent our Group Sports Editor, Onochie Anibeze to Kigali to bring to you on-the-spot details of the match in our usual refreshingly different style. To know what happened in the match, stay with us for details you won’t get elsewhere. We’ve paid our price.