Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Absa Premiership

Roger De Sa and Stuart Baxter © Backpagepix

Soweto derby goes global



The Absa Premiership Soweto Derby, which features two of the country’s most celebrated teams Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, is going to the global audience.

This was confirmed by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and broadcast rights holders, SuperSport on Friday.

ESPN Star Sports will broadcast the match in various countries in Asia, while the feed will also be supplied to four ESPN broadband platforms, representing 19 countries.

The match will be shown by ESPN in Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the US. In the US alone, the ESPN platform represents 79 million homes.

The match will also be broadcast on Sports Tonight Live in the United Kingdom (UK) on Sky and Freeview. The Sky feed reaches over 12 million homes, while Freeview boasts five million connected televisions in the UK. Sky Sports News will also be covering the fixture in its bulletins in both the UK and throughout the world.

The match will also be shown on SuperSport’s Africa platform, which reaches 50 countries in sub-Sahara Africa.

The two Soweto giants – whose rivalry can be traced back to the break-away of Kaizer Chiefs from Orlando Pirates in the early 1970s, will clash at the FNB Stadium. So eagerly-anticipated is this derby that it was sold out more than 14 days ago.

PSL Acting CEO, Cambridge Mokanyane said: “Few months ago, the PSL chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza spoke of a vision to take the PSL to world stage; this is part of that goal. The PSL as a brand is growing and we are excited about this initiative that will see the Absa Premiership Soweto derby watched by millions across the globe. There can be no better advertising of our professional football.”

Happy Ntshingila, CEO of SuperSport said: “We are delighted to make this broadcast available worldwide. It is an endorsement of the PSL’s growth and recognition of the world class broadcast standard produced by SuperSport. The stage is set for a magnificent match and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

Ntshingila confirmed that Saturday’s global feed would be the biggest for a domestic event – World Cups excluded – in SuperSport’s 25-year history.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



John Dykes
Londoners to capitalise on pre-season
On Sunday, Wembley Stadium will once again host a game of football that isn’t all we think it is.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Premier League preview - part 1
Maybe it is a sign of my age, or an indication of how the last two seasons have been for the club I...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref's job becoming more difficult
What you are about to read may sound like I’m stating the obvious, but it’s true.

Segun Odegbami
Sunday's foreign choice
If a foreign coach is undesirable, what makes a foreign assistant acceptable?

Carol Radull
Is this Gor Mahia's year?
Gor Mahia is having a bit of a dream season. A total of 18 games into the season, they are unbeaten.

Sunday Oliseh
Super Eagles job: an uphill task worth taking
It is definitely the most delicate football job on the African continent and the most demanding.