In a significant development for football fans across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), beIN Media Group has secured the media rights to broadcast the inaugural African Football League (AFL) across 24 countries in the region. This move comes as part of beIN SPORTS' commitment to bringing the best of global football to its audience.
The AFL is a club competition that will see eight top-tier African teams compete for the coveted AFL trophy. The competition will follow a knockout format, with teams playing each other on a home-and-away basis. The final match is scheduled for November 11, promising an exciting climax to this inaugural event.
The participating teams include:
- Al Ahly SC (Egypt)
- Simba SC (Tanzania)
- Espérance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia)
- Wydad AC (Morocco)
- Mamelodi Sundowns FC (South Africa)
- Atlético Petróleos de Luanda (Angola)
- TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
- Enyimba FC (Nigeria)
These teams represent the crème de la crème of African football, ensuring a high level of competition and thrilling matches for fans.
beIN SPORTS: A hub for football enthusiasts
With this latest acquisition, beIN SPORTS continues to expand its impressive football media rights portfolio. The network already holds rights to top European competitions such as the English Premier League, UEFA club competitions, French Ligue 1, Germany’s Bundesliga and Spain’s LaLiga. The addition of the AFL to this list further solidifies beIN SPORTS' position as a leading sports network in the MENA region.
In a bid to increase its visibility and foster stronger ties between Saudi Arabia and the African continent, the AFL recently signed a deal with Visit Saudi. This collaboration underscores the unifying power of football and its potential to bridge cultural and geographical divides.
The acquisition of the AFL broadcasting rights by beIN SPORTS is a significant milestone for African football. It not only provides a platform for showcasing the best of African football to a wider audience but also contributes to the growth and development of the sport on the continent.
For football fans in the MENA region, this means access to more thrilling matches and a chance to witness the rise of new footballing talents.
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