Fox Sports announces host countries for 2019 & 2021 WAFU Cup of Nations
Johannesburg, 06 June 2018: FOX Sports, and WAFU Zones A & B have today announced the host nations for the second and third edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations.
Senegal will become the first Zone A host for next year’s two-week tournament in September 2019. Nigeria has been named as home to the third edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations, also to take place in September, in 2021.
All matches will be broadcast exclusively for football fans across Africa, and the world, live on FOX Sports, the global leader in premium sports broadcasting.
The multi-year partnership between FOX Sports and the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zones A and B was announced in December 2016, to provide a long-term injection of investment into infrastructure, training and development of West African football, across 16 countries over a period of 12 years.
In September of 2017, the first edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations took place in Ghana and was beamed live across 125 million households with over 300 million viewers globally. Host nation Ghana clinched the inaugural title, in a tense final with Nigeria, beating their rivals 4 – 1. West African countries Nigeria and Senegal will be representing the region on the world stage, having both qualified in this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™, ahead of WAFU Cup of Nations in 2019.
Notes To Editors
ABOUT WAFU The West African Football Union (WAFU) is an association of nine (Zone A) and seven (Zone B) football playing nations in West Africa. The union organises several competitions including every two years the WAFU Nations Cup.
WAFU - Zone A Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone.
WAFU - Zone B Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Togo.
ABOUT FOX SPORTS FOX Sports is the world’s leading sports television brand, both in terms of distribution and programming rights. FOX Sports is known around the world as an innovator in the areas of live sports broadcasting, news and presentation and has quickly set a new standard of excellence in international markets through its bold production values, engaging commentary and presenters. FOX Sports carries some of the world’s most watched and most sought after sports franchises including the English Premier League, Series A, Bundesliga, the FA Cup, the League Cup, Coppa Italia, the UEFA League, Copa Sudamericana, the NFL, MLB, and premiere tennis, golf and racing events. The FOX Sports multiplex, which currently include FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports 3, FOX Sports International and FOX Sports Eredivisie, reaches 73 million homes in 88 countries and 8 languages outside of the U.S. It is accessible via SD and HD linear feeds as well as through the authenticated FOX Sports Play app. In the US, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.
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For further information:
For FOX Networks Group: Daniel Maynard Senior Communications Director Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa Daniel.Maynard@fox.com +44 (0)7971 058864
Makhosazana Khanyile Director, Marketing, Sales and Communications, Fox Networks Group, Africa Makhosazana.Khanyile@fox.com