16 Jul 2009

Pacific countries will get football World Cup from South Africa free on television

11:33 am on 16 July 2009

Football fans in the Pacific region will have uninterrupted television coverage of next years world cup in South Africa.

This follows a deal between the Oceania Football Confederation and Fiji's MAI television to broadcast the 64 matches from the World Cup free to viewers in the region.

OFC general secretary, Tai Nicholas, says in the past its been difficult to try and get the world cup distributed free to air with all the member associations.

"Mai Tv in agreement with SBS the sub licensee in this region have won the right for the world cup and have agreed to show the world cup all 64 games live on free to air so that's really a big coup for us in the past we've had to pay for this last time we had to pay for this last world cup we paid 50-thousand US dollars."

Nicholas says Mai TV has also agreed to allow OFC to use some of the advertising spots for their social programmes such as prevention of HIV and obesity.