imbroglio around football broadcasting rights

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The Congolese could finally see their national team, Leopards, on RTNC yesterday, Monday 6 September. The previous match, DRC-Tanzania, had been suspended during the broadcast, officially due to a technical problem. But since last year, a conflict has opposed the Congolese state and the African Broadcasting Union, which holds the rights to major football events and its representative in Central Africa, Goka International. Accusations merge on both sides: late payments on one side and embezzlement on the other. The Minister of Communications called for a conciliation meeting.

According to broadcasting rights holders, the DRC had been accumulating late payments since last year. The African Broadcasting Union (UAR), the holder of CAF rights, had had matches broadcast on credit. But she ended up issuing an ultimatum on the payment of arrears in two matches, Gabon-DRC and the Central African Republic-DRC, but also on the signing of the contract and the payment of the rights to matches at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

A UAR representative has come to Kinshasa in recent weeks to explain it. Fifa had even sent a letter specifying the various rights transfer packages and what they cover. But on the side of the Ministry of Communications, we recall that in April last year, the General Inspectorate for Financial Affairs had issued very serious accusations, he accused Georges Kabongo, Congolese head of Gako International, of embezzling public funds., In complicity with other people.

The latter tells RFI that it has been the subject of a solitaire in the previous direction for RTNC and explains, contracts and letters of support, to only take a commission of $ 200,000 for rights amounting to 1.6 million. “They are accusing me of hijacking my own commission,” he insists. To try to see things clearly, the Minister of Communications called a conciliation meeting in a few days.

Some were paid Note that according to a source on RTNC, if the DRC – Benin match could be broadcast, it is because DRC signed the contract with UAR for the broadcasting rights for the World Cup. But only part of the money would have been paid. To ensure the broadcast of the next matches in October, DRK must pay the rest of the bill, this source explains.

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