Botswana TV (BTV) has secured funding for the broadcast rights to the ongoing Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
According to Rapid TV, the state broadcaster has agreed a US$684,600 deal with rights holder LCZ Afnez for live coverage of the tournament, which features the continent's leading national soccer teams. BTV had been unable to find the resources required to complete the purchase, but has agreed two new sponsorship deals. Diamond mining company Debswana has pledged US$101,500 - the same fee as existing sponsor Orange Botswana - with Botswana Life set to provide US$47,000.
BTV will broadcast 28 matches from the competition live, with another four shown after a delay.
The 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations began on Saturday in Equatorial Guinea with the final to be played at the Stade de l'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon on 12th February. Botswana's campaign gets underway today against heavily fancied Fifa World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana.