SuperSport kicks off football coverage in Zimbabwe
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 09-11-2011 Pan-African sports network SuperSport is to broadcast its first ever Zimbabwe Premier League football match on Wednesday (9 November) while it weighs up a TV rights deal for the 2012 season.
Televising Wednesday's match between Dynamos and Motor Action live at Rufaro is a trial run while Zimbabwe Premier League officials court the South Africa-based broadcaster, according to local media.
"This is just the start of a process that we hope will culminate in SuperSport acquiring the television rights for our Premiership, just like what they have done in South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana, which has transformed the game in those countries," Twine Phiri, chairman of the Zimbabwe Premier League, told the Herald.
"We have been fighting for a future where Premiership football will bankroll the operational costs of the teams involved in that league and we are confident that if we strike a deal with SuperSport, it could signal the beginning of the end of funding challenges for our clubs," he added.
"My appeal to the fans is for them to come in big numbers because a capacity crowd will send the right signal that we have a product that deserves to be supported by a company like SuperSport and this appeal is not only for Dynamos and Motor Action supporters, but to everyone who loves football in this country."
The live SuperSport broadcast starts with a studio discussion at 1445hrs local time, 15 minutes before kick-off.