SuperSports ready for GPL broadcast

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Multichoice, a multi-channel pay television platform provider, is ready to cover the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League (GPL) scheduled to kick off Saturday February 20, General Manager of Multichoice Ghana, Cecil Sunkwa- Mills, has said.

Despite fears that the GPL would be further delayed due to threats of an injunction, Mr Sunkwa-Mills said Multichoice has not been informed of any impending injunction and, thus, are ready to cover the GPL.

“We haven’t formally had any communication from the FA about any injunction, and, so, basically all the preparation has been done for the matches to be covered,” he told Class Sports’ Hussein Hassan in an interview.

Mr Sunkwa-Mills revealed that SuperSports will increase the number of matches it broadcasts.

“We are actually working with the Professional League Board (PLB) and the FA and they wanted to increase the number of matches. We will try and do three matches from a Friday to Sunday, so, I know on the 26 and 27 there will be some coverage, which will be on a Friday and Saturday and also a match on the Sunday. We are trying to cover as much as possible,” he said.

Barring any last minute injunction on the GPL as threatened by Berekum Arsenal and soccer fan Babia Alhassan, SuperSports will cover the big game between WAFA and Kotoko in Sogakope on Saturday February 20, and the Inter Allies vs Aduana game on Sunday February 21.

Multichoice collaborating with GBC and Metro TV, and currently concluding talks with another partner, to air the matches and also intends adding coverage in local Ghanaian language, Twi, to one of its free-to-air partners, Mr Sunkwa-Mills disclosed.

He said in the event that an injunction is placed on the league, there would be nothing much SuperSports can do although there is a contractual agreement with the FA.

According to him, “it’s a bit worrying that there is a lot of fighting still…it completely changes the appetite across the continent for our soccer. …Sometimes you would wish there are other ways that we can get some arbitration done without having to go the full extent.

“It is also not the most suitable thing for SuperSports, as an investor, to put in the effort and resources to help improve the package and spell out what we have in Ghana…a product of Ghana. …We will see, as it comes, with what we will do…it is not an exciting thing because we are already very very late”.

A football fanatic Babia Alhassan claims he has filed for an injunction on the league because he was not satisfied with the ruling on the case involving Tema Youth and Dreams FC.

Berekum Arsenal also threatened to place an injunction on the league because Techiman City, who were demoted for match-fixing and bribery have found their way into the top flight playing teams.

However, news broke on February 19, barely 24 hours to the start of the season that the Appeals Committee of the GFA had overturned the decision of the Ethics Committee to demote Techiman City FC, hich makes them eligible to compete in the GPL.

Source: ClassFMonline

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