Super Sport, along with one of Botswana’s most successful tactician, Major David Bright, have captured the Zebras’ first ever venture on to the continental stage in the 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) yesterday (Saturday) at Gabon.
Super Sport Brand Manager Africa, Itumeleng Senne, told Sunday Standard earlier that AFCON is the biggest showpiece in Africa which attracts a lot of viewers across the continent.
“We pride ourselves as the number one African league and we have done this before in our continent,” she said.
Senne revealed that all the matches will be featured on two magazine programmes expected to include reports stationed in Franceville, Libreville, Malabo and Bata. She said that there will also be previews, memorable moments and viewer’s interaction.
She added that every Sunday award-winning presenter Robert Marawa will present Masterplan, an analysis show designed to get to the heart of team tactics and strategies.
“Bright is in the company of decorated AFCON winners like South Africa’s Neil Tovey, Doctor Khumalo and Shaun Bartlett, Nigerian duo of Stephen Keshi, and Daniel Amokachi along with Cameroons Joseph-Antoine Bell,” said Senne.
Meanwhile, Multichoice Botswana Publicity and Public Relations Executive, Tshepo Maphanyane, revealed that from yesterday (Saturday) morning, 6am CAT, Super Sport 4 on DStv became a 24-hour channel dedicated to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Maphanyane said Super Sport will broadcast live all 32 matches from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, for the first time in High Definition (HD), in the search for a new ruler of African football following the demise of Egypt.
She further stated that all 32 matches will be live on SuperSport 4 with the overflow from matches played simultaneously in the latter rounds of the group stages) carried live on SuperSport 6, Blitz and Maximo.
“For the first time it is done through HD simply for more clearer pictures as it is the latest technology and it adds value to the experience. HD allows you to record, pause rewind and it is convenient as it makes life easier,” said Maphanyane.
He said the AFCON tournament is expected to increase the viewership of the entire continent and added that there many people who live out of Africa who are also viewing the games,
“IT makes business sense since it is multinational and all African,” she explained.
Before the journey began with the opening ceremony yesterday from 6.30pm CAT, SuperSport also took the viewer’s down memory lane with the broadcast of the opening ceremony, semi-finals and finals of both Ghana 2008 and Angola 2010.