State broadcaster ZNBC says it now will televise live the remaining Under 20 AFCON games on TV 1 and Radio.
This is after ZNBC engaged the Confederation of African Football with the help of the Football Association of Zambia.
ZNBC Corporate Affairs Manager Masuzyo Ndhlovu says the National Broadcaster has been granted broadcasting rights by CAF.
“Broadcast Rights in Africa is always a big issue and is big business,no politics involved but purely a Business deal. ZNBC will televise all the remaining AFCON games. Thanks to CAF and thanks FAZ.” said Mr. Ndhlovu
And ZNBC Director of Sales Peter Shula says the rights holders Lagadere have since reconsidered its earlier position assuring football fans that all the remaining games will be broadcast live.
Mr Shula says televising the games live will give an opportunity to over 6 million viewers to follow proceedings on TV1.
He has since called on the business community to take advantage and advertise their goods and services on TV1.
Shula was speaking at joint press briefing with FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe at Mass media in Lusaka.
And Liwewe thanked CAF for ensuring that millions of Zambians have an opportunity to follow the games on TV1 because the stadium can only allow 51 thousand fans.
Earlier today, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has directed the Minister of Sports to explain why ZNBC TV 1 is not televising the on-going AFCON games.
Dr Matibini says the Minister of Sports should deliver a statement in Parliament by tomorrow.
This followed a point of order raised in Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube.
Mr. Ngulube wanted to know whether the Minister was in order not to explain why ZNBC is not televising the games as promised.
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema also challenged ZNBC to stop collecting TV licence fees if it fails to screen the matches live.