Viaplay and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have agreed a multi-year partnership to show Africa Cup of Nations, Africa Women Cup of Nations and CAF Champions League football on the streaming service in nine countries.
Hosted in Cameroon and kicking off on January 9, the upcoming CAF TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations will offer nearly a month of top-class international football from Africa’s 24 best teams. Meanwhile, the 12th edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Women Cup of Nations will take place in Morocco from July 2 – 23, and Viaplay will also stream the upcoming two seasons of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, Africa’s premier club football competition. The knockout stages of the 2021/2022 tournament run from February 11 to May 29.
Commenting on the agreement, Peter Nørrelund, NENT Group chief sports officer, said: “Every week, African stars light up Europe’s best leagues, and the Africa Cup of Nations offers a unique combination of the continent’s biggest names together with the next generation of talents. We’re also proud to become the first streamer in our markets to show the Africa Women Cup of Nations and CAF Champions League. Viaplay viewers in nine countries can now immerse themselves in today’s thriving African football scene, all the way from Cairo to the Cape”.
Veron Mosengo-Omba, CAF general secretary, added: “We welcome on board Viaplay and we are looking forward to a successful partnership starting in January 2022 with AFCON in Cameroon. We are also thrilled to provide through this partnership great exposure for our Women’s Football and Club Competitions in exciting markets, which will give CAF an opportunity to bring these competitions to new audiences”.
The agreement covers Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Viaplay will also stream the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup 2021/22 and 2022/23, Africa’s second-tier international club competition, and the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup 2022 played between the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup winners.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 African Qualifiers, spanning 130 live matches, are currently being shown on Viaplay in the Nordic and Baltic countries and Poland.