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Ghanaians might not be able to watch the upcoming Africa Cup Nations Cup to be staged in Angola on television due to the inability of local TV stations to secure the rights for the four-week tournament, Ghanasoccernet understands.

The three televisionstations-GTV, Metro TV and TV3 are struggling to secure the rights fromAFNEX for live telecast of the matches for local fans. The three TV Stations must cough up a whopping 1.5 million euros for the rights.

Optimum Media Prime acting on behalf of the TV networks says the dealhas stalled following the inability of the two parties to reach anagreement. TheGhanaian consortium body fears local fans might not be able to watchthe Nations Cup in the South African region if external factors are notinduced.

Ghanaiansoccer fans are wiating with baited breath to catch the action live inLuanda after the Black Stars qualified for the biannual soccershowpiece. The General Manager of Optmum Media Prime Kenneth Ashigbey is eager to have the issue resolved.

"It is a shame but we have not been able to secure the right and that is a major source of worry to us,'' Ashigbey said. "The moneybeen charged by Caf is on a high side and with the world cup coming up,it deosnt make economic sense to doll out such monies for the nationscup alone.

"We needto appeal to CAF to understand that this is an African event and suchAfrican fans and for the matter Ghanaian fans deserve the right towatch the games because they make the game. "These fans are the ones who make the game thick and so if we areunable to watch it on TV, then there is a fundamental problem."
Source: ghanasoccernet

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