The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has blocked betting company Betsafe from broadcasting Gor Mahia’s Champions League tie against Algerian side CR Belouizdad.
Gor hosts the North African club in the second leg tie at the Nyayo National Stadium this afternoon. The club had planned to broadcast the match on Betsafe’s Facebook page. Betsafe is Gor Mahia’s official sponsor.
However, FKF has written to Gor Mahia, warning them that they will need prior clearance from the Confederation of African Football before they can go ahead with their plans.
“… the federation has regrettably been unable to obtain clearance from CAF for the match to be broadcasted, as the request from Gor Mahia FC was made outside the provided CAF timelines.
“… please be advised that live streaming of the said match will not be possible, unless with prior written consent from CAF,” FKF said in a letter signed by the federation’s CEO Barry Otieno.
With the match being played in an empty stadium, due to the effects of COVID-19, this means that Gor Mahia fans will not be able to watch their team play.
Gor’s preliminary round clash against APR of Rwanda was broadcast on KBC. It is therefore not clear how the rules changed for this tie.
Further, according to CAF rules, home teams hold the media rights to their home matches in the preliminary rounds of CAF Competitions. Sports Plug could not independently verify if clubs need clearance to broadcast the matches.
However, it is worth noting that, the club and the federation are embroiled in a vicious fight over a broadcasting deal with Startimes. The wars could have played a role in this situation.